Improve access to healthy, affordable, culturally diverse food for all residents

Sole Food urban farm garden

Access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, and affordable food is fundamental to health and equality.

To ensure food is accessible, the City will help to create and support communities and neighbourhoods:

  • Where it is easy to access basic goods
  • That are socially inclusive
  • Designed to enhance physical and mental well-being
  • That protect Vancouver's natural ecology

The City is paying particular attention to increasing access to healthy, affordable, culturally diverse, and sustainably-grown food to vulnerable populations.

This means increasing food retail options, to ensure food is available within a reasonable walking, transit or cycling distance. Retailers may include community food markets, mobile healthy food vending, or healthy corner stores.

Priority actions

  • Make application processes for creating or participating in community gardens and orchards more clear and accessible
  • Create policy to enable urban farming as a defined use on zoned lands
  • Explore possibilities for urban farmers to sell produce directly from an urban farm
  • Find ways to sell and distribute produce from urban farms in community centres, neighbourhood houses, and schools
  • Establish community food markets as a permitted use and streamline application processes

Current programs that are helping the City reach this goal

Buying local foods helps reduce your carbon footprint

Local food producers

Find links to resources to help you locate local food producers in your community.

Chicken

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 in Vancouver are available for you to use

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.

Urban garden

Urban agriculture guidelines

To help developers plan common outdoor amenity spaces for their projects that include opportunities for growing food, staff have developed a set of urban agriculture design guidelines.

Beekeeper and bees

Beekeeping

Urban beekeeping is an excellent way to improve pollination for plants in backyard, community, and public gardens, which leads to better vegetable production. Learn the rules for keeping bees in your yard.

Food strategy targets

By 2020, the City aims to increase the number of:

  • Community garden plots from 3,640 to 5,000
  • Urban farms from 17 to 35
  • Farmers markets from nine to 22
  • Community food markets from 4 to 15

What feeds us: Vancouver Food Strategy

Read the Vancouver Food Strategy, and learn how Vancouver is building a healthy, accessible, sustainable food system.

Download the pamphlet

Download the strategy