Vancouver Food Policy Council

The Vancouver Food Policy Council works to help improve food sustainability in Vancouver, where food is:

  • Safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate
  • Affordable, available, and accessible to all
  • Produced, processed, marketed, consumed, and waste products reused or managed in a manner that is:
    • Financially viable
    • Protects the health and dignity of people
    • Minimally impacting the environment

Meeting updates

Meetings may be convened by electronic means as authorized by Section 14.14 of the Procedure By-law. Advisory Bodies may elect to conduct their meetings in person, by electronic means, or as a hybrid of the two. 

If attending in person, please continue to respect the personal space of others.

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Events. No software download is required. In the event of a virtual meeting, use the link below to view the meeting live through your web browser.

A link to join the live meeting broadcast is posted 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Next meeting: Thursday, July 28, 2022, 6pm

Online meeting password: VFPC

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Following the meeting, minutes will be posted online and can be found in the ‘Meetings’ tab below.

Terms of reference

Policy advice

The Policy Council:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern
  • Considers any matters which may be referred to the Policy Council by City Council or staff
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the Policy Council
  • Advises Council and staff on the Vancouver Food Strategy as it is developed, implemented and updated

Collaboration

The Policy Council:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events

Awareness and outreach

The Policy Council:

  • Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities
  • Supports groups developing projects to enhance the food system

Planning and reporting

The Policy Council:

  • Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by no later than April of each year, in consultation with City Council and staff liaisons, for distribution to City Council and civic departments for information;
  • Presents accomplishments and progress to date at the annual Council of Councils event; and
  • Submits an annual report to City Council describing its accomplishments for the year, including reference to each objective set out in the work plan and any arising issues to which the Policy Council has responded.

Meeting frequency

The Policy Council meets at least eight times per year, but not more than 10 times per year. All members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings; please refer to the "Meetings" tab for the meeting schedule and location.

Time commitment

Outside of meetings, members should expect to spend at least 2 hours on email and other correspondence, report writing, and inspection rides. Preparation time for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

A member who is absent from more than two consecutive formal meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.

Membership

  • Evan Bowness
  • Miluska Bravo
  • Leona Brown
  • Emily Burkholder
  • Sarah Common
  • Katherine Cooper
  • Clare Cullen
  • Jyotika Dangwal
  • Sharon Dong
  • Ivy Leong
  • Ben Liegey
  • Joey Liu
  • Maggie Mills
  • Rasoul Narimani
  • Michelle Reining
  • Aditi Rudra
  • Marc Schutzbank
  • Anthony Sullivan
  • Kae Yee Tsai
  • Carol White

Volunteer opportunities will be posted on the City’s vacancies webpage when available. 

Liaisons​

  • Councillor Michael Wiebe, Council Liaison
  • Trustee Estrellita Gonzalez, Vancouver School Board Liaison
  • Caitlin Dorward, Social Planner, Social Policy and Projects, Staff Liaison
  • Rachel Telling, Sustainability Specialist, Sustainability Group, Staff Liaison
  • Rebecca Till, Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Vancouver Park Board

Terms and Membership Composition

Persons appointed to an advisory body shall meet the following essential criteria:

Not be employed by the City of Vancouver;
Live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with issues in Vancouver; and
Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body.

Composition:

21 members of the public (11 is quorum)
The composition of members should demonstrate a balance of the following areas of expertise (including professional, volunteer, education, and/or research experience):

Production;
Processing and Distribution;
Retail;
Food Security, including Financial Accessibility + Availability;
Food Waste;
Indigenous Food Sovereignty;
Resilience;
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

2 non-voting Council liaisons
1 non-voting Park Board Commission liaison
2 non-voting staff liaisons

The appointment of civic members to each advisory committee shall meet the composition objectives set out in the Diversity on Advisory Bodies policy.

Length of term:

Committee members are appointed until November 6, 2022.
No member of the public shall serve for more than four consecutive years on the same advisory body. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year out of office.

 

Meetings typically take place from 6pm to 8:30pm on the dates indicated below. Meetings are held at City Hall unless otherwise indicated. All members of the public are welcome to attend. 

The Committee will also hold working sessions which are open to the public. The link to the working sessions will appear 24 hours in advance.

2022 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 13, 2022 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
February 24, 2022 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
April 28, 2022 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2022 (Working Session) - WebEx Online N/A N/A
June 23, 2022 (Working Session) - WebEx Online Agenda N/A
July 28, 2022 - Regular Meeting Agenda  
September 29, 2022    

2021 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 7, 2021 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
April 29, 2021 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
September 9, 2021 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
November 8, 2021 (special meeting) - WebEx Online  Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2021 - WebEx Online  Agenda Minutes

2020 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 9, 2020 - Town Hall Room (Ground Floor) Agenda Minutes
February 6, 2020 - Cascadia Room (3rd Floor) Agenda Minutes
March 12, 2020 - Strathcona Room (Subground) Agenda Minutes
April 9, 2020 - Strathcona Room (Subground) Cancelled Cancelled
May 7, 2020 - Strathcona Room (Subground) Cancelled Cancelled
June 4, 2020 - WebEx Online Agenda

Minutes

July 9, 2020 -  WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
August 6, 2020 - WebEx Online Cancelled Cancelled
September 10, 2020 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
October 15, 2020 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2020 - WebEx Online Agenda Minutes
December 3, 2020 - WebEx Online Cancelled Cancelled

2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2019 (Town Hall Room 110)   Minutes (185 KB)
August 15, 2019 (Town Hall Room 110)   Minutes (144 KB)
September 12, 2019 (Town Hall Room 110)   Minutes (92 KB)
October 10, 2019 (Committee Room 1)   Minutes
November 7, 2019 (507 W Broadway, 5th floor, Cityscape Room)   Minutes

Visit the council's blog to learn about their latest work

2021-2022 Work Plan

The 2021-2022 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

2019-2020 in review

An overview of the committee's accomplishments in 2019-2020, along with future goals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no Council of Councils event was held.

2017 in review

An overview of the committee's 2017 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on October 12, 2017.

2016 in review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

2012-2014 term in review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Summer 2011 to Spring 2012

The Vancouver Food Policy Council worked closely with staff on a public engagement process under the slogan, "Talk food with us". More than 2,200 people took part. Feedback was gathered through roundtable discussions, storytelling-themed public events, health and education fairs, targeted outreach to ethno-cultural communities, and social media.

Contact Food Policy

Vancouver Food Policy Council: info@vancouverfoodpolicycouncil.ca

Staff Liaison: Caitlin.Dorward@vancouver.ca

Email: foodpolicy@vancouver.ca

 

Resources for advisory committee members