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

From the Blog

Community stories share local food successes in northern Manitoba

928 kilometres north of Winnipeg, Manitoba lies Barren Lands First Nation and Brochet. Facing high f…

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 F…

Stories of communities leading change in Northern Manitoba

The Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative has released its annual report high…

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