National food policy survey deadline pushed back to August 31

The federal government has issued an extension for sharing views on what Canada’s first national food policy should look like.

The online survey and comment period, which was originally slated to end on July 27, has been extended to August 31. (Find the survey here.)

“A strong response from across the country has prompted Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay to encourage even more citizens to have their say,” says a statement from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

The department says more than 22,000 people have completed the online survey since it was launched on May 29.

After hosting a food policy summit in Ottawa in June, the government is also planning regional consultations in August and September, in the following cities: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec; Guelph, Ontario; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

AAFC says feedback from the survey and consultations will be compiled in a “What We Heard Report” to be published before the end of 2017.

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