This year, more than ever, food is helping us to stay connected in many ways, whether it is by having a virtual dinner with friends and relatives, starting a garden patch with family or neighbours, or adding local delicacies to our menus.
Food Day Canada is a celebration of world-class Canadian foods and beverages. It is also a great moment to express our gratitude towards farmers, food processors, grocers, food bank volunteers and all those who are helping to provide us with quality and affordable food during these unprecedented times.
As Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, I believe every Canadian should have access to healthy food. In 2019, I was proud to launch the first-ever Food Policy for Canada, to ensure all people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious, and culturally diverse food.
I am also committed to strengthening and growing Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector while promoting our diversity and improving our sustainability, by working with my provincial and territorial counterparts under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
All across the country, we have a long legacy of producing so many delicious, homegrown foods that are quintessentially Canadian and the source of enormous pride. That is why I can’t think of a better way to experience what makes Canada’s food culture so great.
Let’s raise our glass to another great Food Day Canada celebration this year!
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food