Food charters are statements of values, principles and priorities used to point community food policy in a positive direction. Food charters are developed by bringing people from diverse sectors together and facilitating a process in which they share their concerns, experiences and knowledge relating to food and agriculture and establish a shared vision of food security.
Developing food charters are beneficial in many ways:
Below are tool kits that could help you develop a food charter for your community.
Following the endorsement of the Guelph-Wellington Food Charter by more than 150 stakeholders, this Food Charter Toolkit was published to provides information and resources that can help residents and organizations to take action so that the Charter goals and objectives can be realized.
Rural Food Charter Development Guide
Several municipalities have already adopted Food Charters. Manitoba was the first Canadian province to adopt a province-wide charter. Michigan has developed a state-wide charter with excellent background information about food systems. Below are links to some of the food charters that have been developed. Please feel free to contact us with your suggestions or contributions.
Michigan Food Charter:
Guelph-Wellington Food Charter:
Prince Albert Food Charter
The Saskatoon Food Charter
Capital Region Food Charter
London’s Food Charter emerged from a process led by the Child and Youth Network in which the community established a vision of London as a food secure community. On Monday, April 4, City Council unanimously endorsed London’s Food Charter. Click on the following to view these documents:
The Thunder Bay Food Charter [PDF] is a set of principles that helps guide decisions, policies and collaboration for food security in our community. It was developed by FAN with community input and has been adopted by Thunder Bay City Council and the Thunder Bay District Social Services Board.
The Toronto Food Charter [PDF] was developed by the City of Toronto Food and Hunger Action Committee, which was formed in December 1999 to study food security in Toronto and recommend ways to reduce hunger, improve the nutritional health of Torontonians, and support food-based initiatives that benefit Toronto’s economy, environment and quality of life. City Council asked the Committee to create a food charter for the City.
The City of Greater Sudbury Food Charter was passed by the Sudbury & District Board of Health, the City of Greater Sudbury, the municipalities of Killarney and of St. Charles, and also by the Township of Tehkummah on Manitoulin Island, as of September 15, 2004.
The Vancouver Food Charter presents a vision for a food system which benefits our community and the environment. It sets out the City of Vancouver’s commitment to the development of a coordinated municipal food policy, and animates our community’s engagement and participation in conversations and actions related to food security in Vancouver.
The Manitoba Food Charter sets out what Manitobans believe their food system should look like. Signatories of the Charter identify the action steps they will take towards achieving food security in Manitoba.