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e-3290 (Food and drink)

Initiated by Vickey Brown from Cumberland, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Farmers’ Markets are a key tool for COVID-19 recovery as small business incubators, domestic food system resilience and security builders and Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Programs (FMNCPs) are a key support for new and existing farmers’ market development and their provincial associations or equivalent;
  • FMNCPs helps create food security and resiliency by providing vulnerable people access to healthy locally grown foods and dietary education while improving the physical and mental health of participants by increasing the amount and diversity of fruits and vegetables they consume;
  • FMNCPs increase domestic food supply, sustainable farming and farmers by providing a secure source of income via farmers’ market sales, and these farmers are key stakeholders in climate change mitigation, adaptation and prevention;
  • The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets with its long-term experience and partnership with the province, provides an excellent model for FMNCP, providing almost 16,000 vulnerable families, seniors and pregnant women with access to weekly coupons, and $1.9 million to local farmers; and
  • As there is a waiting list in all communities participating in BC’s program, a national matching program would assist in meeting that demand, supporting those provinces who have a provincial program to expand and encourage provinces without a program to create one.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to initiate a national matching program for all provincial FMNCPs across Canada that would match provinces who are already contributing to their FMNCP and encourage provinces that do not have such a program to implement one by offering matching funding.
Open for signature
March 24, 2021, at 5:22 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 23, 2021, at 5:22 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Gord Johns
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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