NDP Bill to establish a National Local Food Day moves to Senate

Proposed Bill would also help raise awareness of challenges many Canadians face to access healthy, affordable food close to home.

Kootenay–Columbia MP Wayne Stetski (NDP). Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Canadians could soon be celebrating a National Local Food Day.

NDP Member of Parliament Wayne Stetski’s Private Members Bill C-281, An Act to establish a National Local Food Day, would designate the Friday before Thanksgiving of each year as National Local Food Day. The Bill moved to the Senate with unanimous support at third-reading in the House of Commons on Thursday, Nov. 8.

“Local food is important to Canadians, their families,and communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Stetski. ‘Supporting local food promotes tourism, local economies, food security and health, and greatly benefits the environment and the fight against climate change by reducing the carbon cost of our food.once again,I am proud that this Bill has moved ahead with unanimous support at all stages and would like to thank all my colleagues in the House of Commons for their support.

Establishing a Local National Food Day would give all Canadians an opportunity to celebrate local food and recognize the hard work of local producers and harvesters, food manufacturers, farmer’s markets, and others in every region across the country. It would also raise awareness of the challenges many Canadians face in accessing healthy, affordable food close to home.

“New Democrats know that food matters to Canadians throughout the country — from farm to factory to fork,” said Stetski. “I look forward to this Bill moving through the next stage of the legislative process, and hope that senators, regardless of affiliation, will support a National Local Food Day without delay.”