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.

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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.