Municipal Food Policy Network

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Sustain Ontario’s Municipal Food Policy Network brings together planners, community organizers, public health professionals, food producers, distributors and other food champions to share ideas and knowledge in order to develop and influence policies at the municipal or regional level. We pool resources and experiences to distill best practices and develop solutions to include food in municipal policy decisions.

The Municipal Food Policy Network cooperated with student researchers Sylvie La Forge and Omar Elsharkawy throughout 2017 to create a policy position paper, in order to identify gaps, set direction and strength the Ontario food system. You can view the paper and one-page summary below:

Full paper: Municipal Food Policy Network Research (2017)

One page summary from the Bring Food Home 2017 conference: Food Policy Council Research (2017)




Food Charters

Grey Bruce Food Charter
Guelph Wellington Food Charter
Kawartha Lakes Food Charter
Hamilton Food Charter Draft
London Food Charter 
City of Greater Sudbury Food Charter
Thunder Bay Food Charter
Toronto Food Charter
York Region Food Charter
Food Charter Discussion Paper for North Bay Perry Sound (2013)


Eastern Ontario Regional Local Food BR+E Outcomes (2014)
King + Whitchurch-Stouffville Cultivating Business: Business Retention + Expansion Final Report (2012)
Emergency Food Services in Guelph and Wellington Report (Nov. 2011)
Integrating a Sustainable Food Systems Framework into Guelph’s Official Plan (Nov. 2011)
Haliburton County Local Food Infrastructure Report (Aug. 2011)
KFL&A Healthy Communities Partnership – Community Assessment Summary (2011)
KFL&A Healthy Communities Partnership – Community Picture Report (Dec. 2011)
The Cost of Healthy Eating in Oxford County (Mar. 2012)
Thunder Bay Food Action Network – The Cost of Eating Well Report (2011)
Toronto Food Policy Council – Cultivating Food Connections Report (May 2010)
York Region Food Network Annual Reports (2004-2010)
Northumberland County Agriculture Action Plan (2008)
Regional Land for Food (2009)
Food Access and Justice: Low Income Access to Food (2009)
Agricultural Workers and Their Contribution to Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (2007)
A Performance Review of the First Six Years of the NYS Food Policy Council (Oct. 2013)


Unity Plan: Huntsville’s Guide to a Sustainable Future (Mar. 2010)
Kawartha Lakes Agricultural Action Plan (Aug. 2010)
Greenprint: Markham’s Sustainability Plan (relevant food sections on pp. 56-66, 142-145)
Peterborough Community Food System Plan (Aug. 2011)

Surveys and Brochures

Let’s Talk Food (Chatham-Kent) – Community Food Assessment Survey (Mar. 2012)
Simcoe County Food & Agriculture Charter Survey (Mar. 2012)
The Future of Peterborough Food & Farming (Oct. 2011)
Food & Agriculture Charter Brochure (Aug. 2011)
Thunder Bay District Health Unit; Chair, Food Action Network Overview – Community Food Security Stakeholder Advisory Committee (May 2011)