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Stetski's Local Food Day Bill one step closer after being sent to Senate

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
May 6th, 2019

NDP MP Wayne Stetski is encouraging Canadians to write the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry in support of National Local Food Day.

In a media release, the Kootenay-Columbia MP said this Tuesday in Ottawa, the Senate referred Bill C-281, An Act to establish a National Local Food Day, to its Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.


Bill C-281 was introduced by Stetski to designate the Friday before Thanksgiving of each year as National Local Food Day.


“I urge Canadians to write to the Senate Committee and share their support for National Local Food Day, so we can celebrate it this October,” Stetski said, hopeful the Committee will conduct its review in the next few weeks, bringing C- 281 one step closer to becoming law before Parliament dissolves later this spring.


“A National Local Food Day is something everyone can get behind.”

According to Statistics Canada, agriculture contributed $111.9 billion and accounted for 6.7% of Canada’s GDP in 2016.

The agriculture and agri-food system as a whole provide 1 in eight Canadian jobs, employing 2.3 million people. Establishing a National Local Food Day would give all Canadians an opportunity to celebrate our local food and recognize the hard work of local producers and harvesters, hunters and fishers, food manufacturers, farmers’ markets, and others in every region across the country. It would also raise awareness of the challenges many Canadians face in accessing healthy, affordable food close to home.

“Food is at the heart of our homes, our communities and our economy,” Stetski said. “Ensuring that Canadians have access to healthy, affordable local food and a sustainable food system need to be national priorities.”

Letters on Bill C-281 can be sent to:

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Senate of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario Canada, K1A 0A4

Fax: 1-613-947-2104


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