Vision and Values

The York Region Food Charter Envisions...

Thriving communities across York Region where residents, businesses and governments are supported by a sustainable and socially equitable food system that provides access to local, affordable and nutritious food which benefits the health and well-being of the people, the economy and the environment.

The York Region Food Charter Values...


We believe that healthy food is an essential building block for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of a community. We believe that every resident and community member of York Region has the right to healthy food that's affordable, local and nutritious.

"The Golden Rule"

We believe in the principle that 'you reap what you sow' applies to our relationships with people, the economy, and the environment. We believe that if we want to be treated with honesty, trust and respect, and if we want others to be courageous and stand up for what they believe in, then we must embody that first.


We believe that though we are championing very real and important issues, everything we do should celebrate life, bring joy into the community, and be grounded in creativity and optimism.


We belive that by working together, with all age groups, backgrounds and ethnicities, we can enrich one another's lives through the sharing of good food experiences and leveraging our resources for shared goals.


We believe that each of us, through our conscious choices, have a role to play in York Region's present and future health and wellbeing of its communities, economy and environment.


We believe that new ideas, new ways of thinking, and initiative are critical to the development of thriving and resilient communities.