Measuring and Monitoring Strategies
The Council encourages measuring and monitoring as a critical step in addressing FLW. See our 2019 endorsement of a commitment to measure and monitor made by eight large Canadian retailers and manufacturers
endorsed a commitment.
Effective measurement and monitoring requires a shared language to communicate results, and an agreement to measure the same types of food. The Council promotes the use of the
World Resources Institute (WRI) Protocol (Français), which provides definitions and measurement guidelines.
The Council recommends methods for measuring residential food waste that align with the FLW protocol. These recommendations are designed for local and provincial governments, and academic researchers on
How to Measure Food Waste.
Resources For Knowledge-sharing on Food Loss and Waste Prevention
The Council provides webinars and workshops where discussions about best practices and policy changes for the prevention of FLW take place. Peer-to-peer learning through hosted guest speakers, group discussions, as well as tool kits featuring fact sheets, best practice recommendations, legal interpretations, are all provided for business and government stakeholders throughout the food value chain. In some instances, the Council uses campaign tools and collaborative advocacy to encourage food loss and waste solutions.
Date Labelling Workshop and Resources
A workshop for processors explored the impact of date labelling on food loss and waste. Considerations were given to emerging policy changes and how businesses and governments can support date labelling changes. Featured guest speakers included Simone Weinstein (Provision Coalition) and Jackie Suggitt (ReFED). See the Summary of the Discussions.
Food Donation Workshops, Fact Sheets and Legal Interpretations
Guidelines to Minimize Wasted Food and Facilitate Food (Français) help inform food manufacturers, retailers, and community organizations on how to best donate or receive nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste. Our workshops offered guidelines and legal interpretations of different provincial Good Samaritan Acts
Food Donation and Civil Liability in Canada (Français) – the latter are important for industry donors who may have concerns around the legal liability of donating food. Our fact sheets offer easy-to-understand information about what to donate and how.
Advocacy Campaign for Fiscal Incentives
Providing a platform for municipalities and businesses to come together and advocate for fiscal incentives that reduce FLW has been important. FAQs, backgrounders, and research provided by the Conference Board of Canada
Study of Organic Waste Reduction: Tax Incentive Options for Charitable Food Donations campaign elements.
campaign for a federal tax incentive to reduce food waste won the formal individual support of 22 local governments, nationwide, and finally the full support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Carefully designed as a tax credit or deduction, a simple incentive could offset the costs of operational changes required to separate, store and/or transport nutritious food to registered charities. Additional programs and investments are needed to further facilitate the transfer of nutritious food, by supporting shared cold storage, value-added processing, internet platforms that quickly connect donors and recipients.
Communicating with Consumers
Consumers are part of the food value chain, and contribute to food waste. The Council and core partners lead a national, consumer-facing food waste reduction campaign: Love Food Hate Waste Canada / J’aime manger pas gaspiller Canada.
Love Food Hate Waste Canada for simple tips and ideas to help you reduce food waste at home.