Tax incentive for nutritious food donations

​One tool in the Council’s proposed National Food Waste Reduction Strategy is a federal tax incentive to encourage businesses to donate nutritious food to charitable organizations.

Calculations indicate that each year commercial food businesses and institutional food service operations send about 165,000 tonnes of nutritious food to Canadian landfills (Internal memo, Metro Vancouver, 2014).

Carefully designed, as a tax credit or deduction, a simple tax incentive would offset the costs of operational changes required to separate nutritious food from food that should be discarded and to store, and/or transport this food to registered charities.

Eligible recipients would include food banks, community kitchens, food hubs and other charities.



Facts about the incentive

Related investments: Other programs and investments would be needed to accompany the proposed tax incentive to facilitate the transfer of nutritious foods to charities and enable complementary infrastructure: cold storage, value-added processing, internet platforms that quickly connect donors and recipients.

Gathering momentum: Our campaign for a federal tax incentive has won the formal support of 22 local governments, nationwide, including Halifax, Laval, Montreal, Ottawa, Swift Current, Calgary, Edmonton,and Metro Vancouver. In September 2016, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities also backed the incentive, paving the way for discussions with the federal government.

International incentives: Spain, Italy and the United States are among the nations now offering tax incentives to boost donations of food by businesses and services.




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