Man in urban garden reaching down to harvest salad greens in Vancouver.

Local Food

Our goal: Vancouver will become a global leader in urban food systems

A stronger local food system reduces the environmental impact of food production and transportation, and contributes to human health.

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Our target: Increase city-wide and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% over 2010 levels

Progress we've made so far

Local Food Chart
Source: City of Vancouver, Food Policy.

2015-2020 priority actions

Short-term actions for achieving our goals for 2020.

Our 2015-2016 successes

Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Local Food goal.

Passed bylaws and guidelines to support urban farming

Supported community kitchens

Supported food rescue programs

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2015-2016  (8 MB)

Our 2014-2015 successes

Initiatives that brought us closer to reaching the Local Food goal from 2014 to 2015.

Built new gardens at City parks

Provided free fruit trees to community gardens and residents

Supported cultural outreach around local food

Food policy video goes viral

Fostered neighbourhood food networks

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2014-2015  (2 MB)

How we measure success

The metrics for Local Food rely on the annual count of total food assets within Vancouver.

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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and target

Backyard chickens

As part of the City's ongoing effort to help residents get involved in food production, you are now allowed to keep hens in your back yard. Read the rules, and register your hens.

Community gardens

Joining a community garden is a great way to enjoy locally grown food, connect with nature, meet your neighbours, and be healthy. Find a current or proposed garden near you, and plan a new garden in your neighbourhood.

Farmers markets

Farmers markets continue to grow in number and popularity in Vancouver. Find a farmers markets, and learn how to start one.

Vancouver Food Strategy

The Vancouver Food Strategy is a plan to improve our food system, making the city more equitable, sustainable, and economically healthy. Learn more, and get involved.

Compost soil

The Vancouver Landfill composting facility creates compost from yard trimmings for sale and donation. You may pick up compost from the landfill or arrange for delivery.