The Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC) was established in 1991 as a subcommittee of the Board if Health to advise the City of Toronto on food policy issues. The TFPC connects diverse people from the food, farming and community sector to develop innovative policies and projects that support a health-focused food system, and provides a forum for action across the food system.
What we do:
The TFPC works on a broad range of food policy initiatives.
- Toronto’s Food Strategy. The TFPC is the community reference group for the Food Strategy, with a focus on identifying emerging issues, facilitating linkages between the community, Toronto Public Health and City Divisions, and advising the food strategy team on their implementation process.
- Urban Agriculture. The TFPC has been involved in the development of the GrowTO Urban Agriculture Action Plan.
- Greater Toronto Area Agriculture Action Committee. The TFPC actively participates on the Greater Toronto Area Agriculture Action Committee (GTA AAC). The GTA AAC exists to:
- provide a coordinating function for agriculture issues in the GTA;
- share information and resources to raise awareness of issues;
- act as liaison with all levels of government;
- encourage innovation and diversification within the industry; and
- combine resources and efforts to achieve a sustainable, long-term agricultural industry within the GTA.
- Greater Golden Horseshoe Farm and Food Action Plan. In 2012, in partnership with the GTA AAC and many other groups, the TFPC participated in the development of the Greater Golden Horseshoe Farm and Food Action Plan, which identifies pathways for a more integrated and coordinated approach to food and farming viability in the area to ensure that the Golden Horseshoe retains, enhances and expands its role as a leading food and farming cluster.
- TYFPC. The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC) provides youth with a space to network, share opportunities and learn from one another, and strives to become Toronto’s leading Youth voice in sustainable municipal food policy change.
- Feeding Diversity: Community Access and Commercialization of World Crops. The “Feeding Diversity” project is identifying strategies to make culturally appropriate vegetables more widely available in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods, and aims to ultimately substitute these often imported products with locally grown versions.
- Local Food Act. Working with Sustain Ontario, the TFPC is advocating for a Local Food Act in Ontario.
- Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy. A broad coalition of food and farming groups is advocating for a comprehensive food and nutrition strategy for Ontario.
- Familiarising and reflecting
- Creating networks
- Local institution