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