Background / Governance

The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy builds on years of community-led efforts to create a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for Thunder Bay and Area. Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the strategic action plan carries forward the principles engrained in the Thunder Bay Food Charter in order to achieve long-term community food security.

By addressing the social, economic, health, and environmental dimensions of food, community food security promotes regional food self-reliance, healthy environments, and thriving economies. The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy provides a coordinated approach to achieving food security through the implementation of pertinent research, planning, policy, and program development.

The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is built upon seven pillars of a sustainable food system

  • Food Access
  • Forest and Freshwater Foods
  • Food Infrastructure
  • Food Procurement
  • Food Production
  • School Food Environments
  • Urban Agriculture

By strengthening these pillars, the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is committed to contributing to the economic, ecological, and social well-being and health of Thunder Bay and Area.

The strategic action plan was developed through numerous rounds of consultation with the general public and diverse stakeholders in order to meet the region’s unique food system requirements. In the summer of 2014, the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy was successfully endorsed by Thunder Bay City Council, as well as the municipalities of Oliver Paipoonge,Conmee, O'Connor, Shuniah, Gilles, and Neebing. Download the Food Strategy Strategic Action Plan.


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