Collaboration on many fronts

Like other complex, multifaceted problems the fight against food waste calls for broad collaboration. The Council has therefore proposed that the federal government introduce a comprehensive National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, developed a draft proposal and called on Canadians and key stakeholders in different sectors to contribute..

This would have economic, as well as social and environmental benefits—e.g., helping Canada combat climate change.

It is time to act. Other countries are ahead of us in tackling this problem and citizens everywhere are increasingly aware of the issue--and of the benefits to be enjoyed.


  National Food Waste Reduction Strategy: Call for Collaboration and Action - This newly released Council document lays out the elements of a multifaceted national strategy and the need for collaboration to be successful in reducing food waste..

  NZWC’s National Food Waste Reduction Strategy - In the summer of 2016, the Council described the links between reducing food waste and advancing action on Canada’s climate action commitments.



Three pillars of Strategy: policy, innovation, engagement

The Council’s draft National Food Waste Reduction Strategy invites broad collaboration and has three main pillars: policies at the national, provincial and local level; innovative technology and community infrastructure; and public engagement to encourage less wasteful consumer behaviour.

Among the broad suite of tools it recommends are:
  1. Setting a national food-waste reduction target
  2. Stimulating increased donations of food through a tax incentive
  3. Clearing up confusion about "best before", "use by", "sell by" & "expiry" dates
  4. Making R&D investments to trigger innovation in food-and-energy recovery technologies
  5. Boosting public awareness nationally, with a campaign that helps Canadians understand how reducing food waste helps tackle climate change—and save money.