The Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy (OFNS), a comprehensive evidence-informed plan for healthy food and food systems in Ontario, was launched at a multi-stakeholder event at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food offices in Guelph on January 24th!
The Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy (OFNS) was created to address concerns relating to the social and economic burdens of chronic disease in Ontario. Members of the OFNS Group have met with a wide range of stakeholders, including partners in government, not-for- profit, public health, academic, education, agricultural, and local community organization sectors to create the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the strategy. This strategy aims to coordinate the complex and interconnected relationships between food systems, health, and well-being.
The OFNS highlights 25 priority action areas, housed within 3 strategic directions:
1. Healthy Food Access
2. Food Literacy Skills
3. Healthy Food Systems
The vision of the OFNS is to create a productive, equitable, and sustainable food system that supports the health and well-being of all people in Ontario.
Read more about the strategy here.
Read the executive summary here.
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We are pleased to present you with the updated Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy Action Plan Framework. This framework is the result of consultations with over 40 representatives of agriculture, farm, food, nutrition and health groups, engagement with Aboriginal and First Nations groups, as well as online surveys with over 200 submissions between 2012 and 2014. If your group has contributed to the strategy and would like to be listed as part of the strategy engagement process please do let us know.
Thanks to funding from Innoweave and the J.W. McConnell Foundation the OFNS design team is receiving coaching support to finalize our system level impact goals, further develop our theory of change, advance mutually reinforcing activities and create a process for shared impact measurement. The coach will also work with us to refine the collaborative organizational structure and resource plan.
Collective Impact involves diverse organizations coming together to solve a complex social problem and for a common purpose – creating alignment, commitment, policy and trust and coordinating across sectors.
The collective impact approach will help further engage key actors like yourselves to achieve system level change for a coordinated, cross-ministry, multi-stakeholder mechanism to address food and nutrition policy and programming in Ontario. This will ultimately help improve the health of Ontarians and strengthen Ontario economy and resiliency of our food systems.