July Advocacy Update

Canada’s Agriculture and Food Ministers Commit to a Canadian Food Industry Code of Practice

On July 15th, Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture confirmed their support for an industry-led code of practice for Canada’s food industry.

Last fall the FPT Ministers established a Working Group to examine commercial relations along Canada’s food supply chain. The FPT Working Group’s report, released yesterday, confirms the benefits of a food industry code of practice. 

Inspired by the FPT Ministers’ request for industry collaboration and leadership on this issue, this spring FBC-ABC joined several associations to form the Canadian Food Industry Alliance (the Alliance). Representing thousands of small, medium, and large businesses in Canada’s agriculture, processing and retail food sectors, the Alliance has encouraged Ministers to support a Canadian Food Industry Code of Practice developed in Canada for Canada, by industry for industry, and reflecting the unique elements of Canada’s food supply chain. The Alliance has also advised Ministers that, to be effective, the Code of Practice must be pan-Canadian, mandatory, enforceable and non-regulated, and has recommended a collaborative process for the Canadian food industry to develop, with Ministers’ support, the Code and its enforcement framework over the next 18 months. 

In an announcement made July 15th, following review of the FPT Working Group report, the Ministers confirmed their support for a code that will improve transparency, predictability and respect for fair dealing in Canada’s food system, and endorsed an industry-led approach to its development, as put forward by the Alliance.

“Food and Beverage Canada is proud to have worked alongside our Alliance partners in developing an approach for the creation of a Canadian Food Industry Code of Practice that seeks to unite industry groups in a collaborative and consultative process, instead of dividing them,” said Kathleen Sullivan, CEO of Food and Beverage Canada. “As this work continues, we encourage FPT Ministers to support industry in leading this process and to embrace the principles and key elements identified in the Alliance’s proposal”.

FBC-ABC will continue its leadership role within the Canadian Food Industry Alliance as we work to strengthening Canada’s food system in a constructive and collaborative way. Members of BC Food & Beverage are part of the Alliance through our membership to Food & Beverage Canada. BCFB CEO James Donaldson is Vice Chair of FBC’s Board of Directors.

 

About the Canadian Food Industry Collaborative Alliance (The Alliance)

The members of the Alliance include: Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (Fédération Canadienne des Épiciers indépendants), Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Association Canadienne de la Distribution des Fruits et Légumes), Food and Beverage Canada (Aliments et boissons Canada), The Quebec Food Processing Council (Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec), The Quebec Food Retailers Association (Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec), and Retail Council of Canada (Conseil Canadien du commerce de détail).

The Canadian Food Industry Collaborative Alliance proposal can be found here.

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