Policy & Position Papers
As part of our mission to find long-term solutions to hunger in Canada, Food Banks Canada regularly publishes research, analysis, and recommendations with a particular emphasis on federal government policy and legislation.
The idea that food banks create dependence among the people they help is a common one. Many
see food banks as providing – to use a well-worn phrase – a "hand out, not a hand up."
This policy paper outlines a tax credit plan to help farmers who donate fresh food to food banks.
This policy paper outlines a plan to increase donations of essential food to food banks by food manufacturers.
The Minister of Finance James Flaherty released the 2012 Federal Budget is one of economy and reduction of government spending.
It is more important than ever that Canada maximize the number of its working-age citizens who are
able to play an active, productive role in the labour market.
The theme of Minister of Finance James Flaherty’s 2011 budget speech, released yesterday, is one of effective control – of the economy, of government spending, of uncertainly in the financial system, and of uncertainty more generally.
As tax time approaches, the web is abuzz with advice on smart investing. RRSP, TFSA, RESP, bonds, mutual funds, GICs – it’s enough to make your head spin.
Unfortunately, for a large number of Canadians it’s pretty much irrelevant.
Through its annual HungerCount survey, Food Banks Canada asks food banks, soup kitchens, and
other food assistance programs to rate the five government policy changes they think would
make the most difference in alleviating hunger in their communities.
The current national conversation about Canada’s retirement income system has been a great example of Canadians talking to each other about what really matters.
Federal budget 2010, focuses on the final year of stimulus spending ($19 billion), and on austerity measures put in place to reduce the federal budget deficit to $1.8 billion in 2014.
Food Banks Canada Position Paper
In March 2007, Canadian food banks assisted more than 720,000 adults and children – equivalent in size to the population of New Brunswick. In the same month, affiliated food programs served 2,244,462 meals to those in need.