Table Matters

North Shore Community Food Charter

The North Shore Community Food Charter is a high-level, locally developed policy tool with broad action goals to help guide and implement food policy. The Food Charter was unveiled in 2013 to help guide local governments and associations that deal with food policy, urban agriculture and food systems. Approved and endorsed by 5 Municipal Governments, 2 School Districts, the Health Authority and 2 First Nations communities, it has also been acknowledged by local residents.

The Food Charter outlines a vision and 5 guiding principles for an integrated food system. Generated after community-wide consultation it articulates shared community principles related to food production, distribution, access, consumption, processing and waste handling.


In 2019, through a new strategic planning process, the Charter was revisited and continues to be used to guide the work of North Shore Table Matters.

Read more about the North Shore Food Charter draft process on our blog. Download a copy of the Food Charter

Read more about local municipal food security-related activities:

In the City of North Vancouver
In the District of North Vancouver
In the Municipality of West Vancouver
On Bowen Island with the Bowen Agricultural Alliance