In the Mandate Letters to Ministers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calls for collaboration with provinces and territories and amongst Federal Ministries to address a number of issues of concern to dietitians and other food and health professionals. Keeping in mind these mandates and considering the two priorities identified by Dietitians of Canada for the 2015 Federal Election, Dietitians of Canada has written to six Ministers offering our support and assistance.
The following Ministers have mandates of interest to dietitians:
MINISTER OF HEALTH:
- Engage provinces and territories in the development of a new multi-year Health Accord. This accord should include a long term funding agreement. It should also: support the delivery of more and better home care services ….[and] high quality mental health services
- Promote public health by introducing new restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children; bringing in tougher regulations to eliminate trans fats and reduce salt in processed foods; and improving food labels to give more information on added sugars and artificial dyes in processed foods
- Work with the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs to update and expand the Nutrition North program, in consultation with Northern communities
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE and AGRI-FOOD:
Develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country
MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS:
- Work with the Minister of Health to update and expand the Nutrition North program, in consultation with Northern communities
- Work in collaboration with the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and in consultation with First Nations, Inuit and other stakeholders, to improve essential physical infrastructure for Indigenous communities, including providing housing outcomes for Indigenous Peoples
MINISTER OF FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT:
- Work with the Minister of Finance to design and implement the Canada Child Benefit
- Work with the Minister of Finance to improve the income security of lower income seniors living alone
- Lead the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that would set targets to reduce poverty and measure and publicly report on progress
MINISTER OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITIES
MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND LABOUR
- Improve our Employment Insurance system
- Work with provinces and territories to make post-secondary education more affordable for students from low- and middle-income families
- Support the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy
- Letters to Ministers with Food, Health and Poverty Reduction Mandates
(November 2015) – Dietitians of Canada has written to the new Federal Ministers with food, health and poverty reduction mandates..
- Federal Election 2015 – Priorities from dietitians
(July 2015) – Dietitians of Canada identified two 2015 Federal election priorities including evidence on why these two issues should be priorities and seven related questions for party leaders/candidates to address in their response.
- Food Insecurity in Canada
(October 2015) – This one page document provides an overview of the food insecurity situation in Canada including the prevalence, impact on health, cause and elements of a national strategy to address food insecurity.