OTTAWA, ON, March 23, 2022 /CNW/ - All Canadians, regardless of where they live, deserve to have access to affordable and nutritious food. Communities in every region have their own unique challenges when it comes to food security, and this is especially true for Northern and remote communities.
Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, along with the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, launched a new phase of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF), with an investment of up to $20 million. This funding, available over the next two years, will support community-based and not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to create long-term solutions to address food security challenges.
This new phase of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund has been tailored to meet the needs of Indigenous, Northern and remote communities by providing funding to help them build a food system that will meet both current and future community needs. For example, a project could help expand a community harvest program to include traditional methods for transforming food and distribution.
Program details and requirements are available now, and applications for this intake phase can be submitted from June 1 until July 15, 2022. The release of program details ahead of the intake process will provide potential applicants with additional time to review the program guide, create partnerships with neighbouring communities, ask questions and get feedback from program officials.
Eligible projects must be infrastructure-specific, community-driven and dedicated to improving access to healthy, nutritious, and local foods for Canadians at risk of food insecurity. Grant funding for projects can range from $100,000 to $500,000 to support larger initiatives that will have a lasting impact in communities.
The next phase of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund underscores the Government of Canada's commitment to support projects that will help build capacity in our communities for generations to come.
For more information on the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, please contact the program by: E-mail: [email protected] or call: 1-877-246-4682. Program information is also available through agriculture.canada.ca/local-food.
In an effort to ensure that diverse audiences are able to receive up-to-date information on this program, the contents of this news release are available in the following languages: Denesuline, Innu-Aimun, Inuktitut, Mi'kmaq, Michif Cree ,Michif French, Oji-Cree, Plains Cree, and
Western Ojibway. Program information is available in English and French in accordance with Canada's Official Languages Policy.
"Our government is taking meaningful action to improve access to high-quality, nutritious and affordable food. With the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, we are helping to support efforts to put the pieces in place to harvest, store, package and deliver nutritious food to community members in a sustainable manner. We know that the ability to locally source food will provide long term access for many communities, including those that are Indigenous, Northern or remote."
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Northern and Arctic communities face unique challenges such as isolation and socioeconomic factors that make them particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. These factors, along with routinely higher food prices than in the rest of the country, have reinforced the need for long-term, community and traditions-based solutions. That's why our government is working with partners to strengthen local food solutions in Northern and remote communities, based on their priorities"
- The Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
SOURCE Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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