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Government and Partner Engagement

Dietitians of Canada collaborates with DC members across the country to bring the voice of the profession to government decision-makers at the federal level. 

We advocate for policies that increase access to dietitian services and, to support Canadians’ access to culturally safe, nutritious foods in a sustainable food system. 

Advocacy at the provincial/territorial and municipal levels is also supported through capacity and skill building with DC advocacy resources and tools.

Why does DC engage with government?

To influence public policy through highlighting dietitians’ roles and value, and providing evidence-informed advice on policy and programs. 
What does government engagement look like?
  • Awareness-raising through relationship-building with elected officials and civil servants
  • Participating in coalitions and networks
  • Recommending budget priorities, including in collaboration with other health orgnizations through HEAL
  • Advocating during election periods
  • Participating in committee consultations
  • Developing tools and supporting skill development for members to use with local elected officials and decision-makers 
Government relations at DC is non-partisan (not favouring any particular political party) and collaborative. 

Why does DC provide budget recommendations to government?

Pre-budget consultations are an important opportunity to advocate for policy priorities.  These submissions raise government awareness of the value of nutrition and dietitian services.  By focusing on a small number of priorities that align with government mandates, there is a greater chance of successful advocacy.

Why does DC engage with partners?

To collaborate on policy solutions to food and nutrition issues and bring a stronger unified voice to government engagement. Partners include other professional associations, non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups.

Get involved and learn more about government engagement


If you would like to be informed of the different government health consultations, you can sign up for Canada’s Stakeholder Information Management System. We encourage you to provide feedback to consultations on your area of practice.

We will inform members of opportunities to respond individually to consultations and provide input to shape DC responses. Subscribe to Your Weekly Update and follow DC Social Media to stay up to date.

For more information on how to get involved with DC government relations and advocacy across the organization, contact

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