Tackling food waste

The Council has developed a national, multi-year Strategy to reduce food waste. The Strategy was developed by learning from global leaders and successful initiatives from across Canada.

Like other complex, multifaceted problems, the fight against food waste calls for broad collaboration and better coordination of initiatives affecting the production and consumption of food.

The Strategy rests on three pillars: policy change, innovation and consumer and business engagement. To be effective in implementing the strategy, we need to mobilize a cross-Canada effort to engage businesses from across the food supply chain, governments at all levels and consumers.

 

Collaboration on many fronts

Like other complex, multifaceted problems, the fight against food waste calls for broad collaboration. The Council has therefore proposed a cross-sector National Food Waste Reduction Strategy and is calling upon Canadians and key stakeholders in different sectors to contribute.

Proposed actions on reducing food waste bring with them economic as well as social and environment benefits, such as helping Canada combat climate change. The Strategy rests on three pillars: policy change, innovation and consumer and business engagement.

 National Food Waste Reduction Strategy - March 2017
 Stratégie Nationale de Réduction des Résidus Alimentaires - French version



Stakeholder Engagement Calendar National Food Waste Reduction Strategy

We invite stakeholders to complete the online survey, providing us with valuable feedback and guidance on refining and implementing the National Strategy, and building a national network of collaborators. Our survey is live until June 30, 2017.


Online Survey

 

Webinars

We have organized webinars to present the National Food Waste Reduction Strategy and engage participants.

Featured speakers include Bob Long, NZWC Board Member and Chair of the Food Working Group, FCM Standing Committee on Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development, and Councillor, Township of Langley, Lori Nikkel,  Director of Programs and Partnerships, Second Harvest and Christina Seidel, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta.

  • Tuesday, April 25, 10:15am - 11:15am PDT. Featured speakers: Bob Long and Christina Seidel. Watch the recording
  • Tuesday, May 23, 9:00am - 10:00am PDT. Featured speakers: Bob Long and Lori Nikkel. Watch the recording

 

Events

  • March 2, 2017, Halifax, NS. Divert Nova Scotia Circular Economy Summit on Food Waste. Contact: Divert Nova Scotia http://divertns.ca/
  • March 7, 2017, Vancouver, BC. Compost Council of Canada Compost Matters in BC. Contact: Compost Council of Canada http://www.compost.org/English/WRW.htm#BC
  • April 10, 2017, Portland, Oregon, USA. Food Waste Prevention and Recovery Workshop. Open to Pacific North America Climate Leadership Agreement members and invited guests.
  • April 12, 2017, Mississauga, ONT. Provision Coalition Food Loss + Waste Forum. Contact: mhassanali@provisioncoalition.com
  • April 19, 2017, Toronto, ONT. Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Stakeholder Workshop: Food Waste Prevention and Recovery.
  • May 16, 2017, Calgary, AB. National Food Waste Reduction Strategy Workshop, hosted by the National Zero Waste Council in collaboration with the City of Edmonton, City of Calgary, and the Recycling Council of Alberta. Contact: admin@nzwc.ca.
  • May 30, 2017, Milton, ON. Halton Food Council Food Waste Workshop. Contact: haltonfoodcouncil@gmail.com
  • June 20, 2017, Montreal, Quebec. National Food Waste Reduction Strategy Workshop, hosted by the National Zero Waste Council in collaboration with Recycle Quebec. Contact: admin@nzwc.ca. Register here.