Sustainable Food Systems

Building strong local food systems for healthy people, healthy communities, and healthy environments across Canada.

Food is a global issue that is unfolding at a local level where networks of farmers, fishers, consumers, and neighbours are working together to build a better food system. When produced sustainably and shared equitably, food builds community, improves health, has a positive impact on local economies, and protects our land and water.

We work across Canada to help communities realise their visions for local, sustainable, equitable, and culturally appropriate food systems. From families rediscovering cultural traditions around food in northern Manitoba, to coastal peoples protecting salmon habitats in British Columbia, to volunteers rediscovering and sharing the fruits of Toronto’s urban canopy, communities are rebuilding Canada’s food system.


  • Cultivate and support food solutions at the community level.
  • Build strong local food networks by sharing knowledge and skills between individuals and groups.
  • Support rural and indigenous food sovereignty.

Impact Stories


Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

Promoting food sovereignty and democratic decision-making to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of Canadians.

Farms at Work

Promoting healthy and active farmlands in east central Ontario.

Hidden Harvest Ottawa

Providing the opportunity, education, infrastructure and means for people to access the edible fruit and nut trees around them.

Indigenous Food Collective

Working towards Indigenous food self-determination by passing on traditional food practices, strengthening identity, and encouraging youth leadership.

Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative

Helping Northern Manitoban communities design local solution-oriented projects to address food insecurity and related issues.

Not Far From the Tree

Inspiring Torontonians to harvest, share, celebrate, and steward the bounty from urban orchards.

Sacred Seeds Collective

Stewarding a garden space for gathering to share Indigenous knowledges and growing traditional plant foods and medicines in community.


Closing the achievement gap through nutritious lunches and engaging food literacy programming.

From the Blog

Group of NMFCCC members standing outside in three rows.

Learn how Indigenous communities in Canada are addressing ‘zero hunger’ | Webinar

Traditional Foods & Traditional Teachings Gathering, May 2019 Learn how Indigenous communities in Canada are addressing UN SDG, Zero Hunger Join the Northern Manitoba Food, …

Community stories share local food successes in northern Manitoba

928 kilometres north of Winnipeg, Manitoba lies Barren Lands First Nation and Brochet. Facing high food costs, the community of just over 600 people expanded …

The Collaborative and Councillor John Nasikapow at the OCN Raspberry Patch.

Learning trip to Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Sherridon, Manitoba

Two weeks into my new role as Program Associate with Tides Canada working on the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC), I had …

Stories of communities leading change in Northern Manitoba

The Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative has released its annual report highlighting inspiring communities in Northern Manitoba leading change.

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