How we're tackling food waste

We are asking that Canada develop a comprehensive National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, and inviting businesses, NGOs and governments and concerned citizens to contribute to this strategy.

Preventing food waste could yield major benefits for our economy, environment and communities.

To learn more, please see our formal submission to Canada’s federal government, “Reducing food waste & cutting Canada’s carbon emissions: Policies for reaping the environmental, economic and social benefits" (June 2016) and the National Food Waste Reduction Strategy.


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



Our webinars will present the National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, invite questions and host a discussion. We invite all webinar attendees to further complete the online survey, where there are additional opportunities to provide more comprehensive feedback.

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, 9:00am - 10:00am PST. For Council Members only. Featured speaker: Bob Long. Register here
  • Tuesday, April 25, 10:15am - 11:15am PST. Featured speakers: Bob Long and Christina Seidel. Register here
  • Tuesday, May 23, 9:00am - 10:00am PST. Featured speakers: Bob Long and Lori Nikkel. Register here



  • March 2, 2017, Halifax, NS. Divert Nova Scotia Circular Economy Summit on Food Waste. Contact: Divert Nova Scotia
  • March 7, 2017, Vancouver, BC. Compost Council of Canada Compost Matters in BC. Contact: Compost Council of Canada
  • 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:
  • 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 Reducation 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:
  • May 30, 2017, Milton, ON. Halton Food Council Food Waste Workshop. Contact: