Policy.  You might think ‘boring!’ when you hear that word.  You might be more interested in action when it comes to food related initiatives, but, policy can be very interesting, and fun! Trust us!

Learn from Squam the Squash what food policy councils are all about!

The COFPC works with local government to bring the Central Okanagan community perspective to policy:

So, what exactly is policy?  According to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN, a policy is a principle or statement of intent that is meant to guide decisions and achieve specific outcomes. You can think about a policy as a hypothesis (“what we hope will happen”) and a set of steps (“how to get there”).

Public policies are those related to governments.  But there are a lot of different kinds of policy too!  Policies can be adopted by governments, companies, NGOs and even individuals. Policies can also operate at different levels: the global, national, regional, local and organizational levels.

Food policy impacts on how food is produced (and what is produced), processed, distributed, purchased, consumed, protected and disposed of.  This means that we do indeed “eat and drink food policy”.

Food policies are designed to influence the operation of the food system. Food policies govern a number of areas, including:

  • Food-related industries
  • Agricultural and livestock extension
  • Food assistance
  • Food safety
  • Food labelling
  • Certification standards
  • Development assistance/food aid
  • Trade

Not only does the COFPC work on policy issues, we also are involved in food action projects, which also help influence policy!

Here are our recent policy recommendations. We work at the local, provincial, and national level!

Okanagan Bioregion Food System Project

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food System (ISFS) has officially started the Okanagan Bioregion Food System Project! What is a bioregion?! The ISFS describes bioregions as areas that share similar topography, plant and animal life, and...

Temporary Farm Worker Housing

Over the past year, the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council has had to opportunity to provide input on local government temporary farm worker housing regulation.  Last year, we submitted letters to the City of Kelowna and the Regional District of the Central...

City of Kelowna Agriculture Plan

In 2017, the City of Kelowna recently went through the process of updating their agriculture plan, and it was endorsed by City Council summer 2017. Agriculture is very important for the City of Kelowna, 55% of the land base in Kelowna is zoned for agriculture use! ...

Lake Country Official Community Plan

What the heck is an 'Official Community Plan'? According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing: An Official Community Plan (OCP) can be developed by both municipalities and regional districts. The OCP provides the longer term vision for the community. Under...

Development of a National Food Policy

The Federal Government is in the process of developing a National Food Policy!  This is great news for Canadians. A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions...

Central Okanagan Food Policy Council

PO Box 22001

Kelowna, BC

V1Y 9N9