MLA Ian Paton introduces legislation to support B.C. food producers

VICTORIA (July 22, 2020) – This afternoon Delta South MLA and BC Liberal Co-Critic for Agriculture Ian Paton introduced legislation designed to open up new opportunities for farming families and give British Columbians access to more fresh produce and local products.

“I am pleased to be introducing another bill that will support greater opportunity for farming families and those who want to find new ways to share their farm products,” says Paton. “There are people throughout the province who would love the opportunity to sell fresh baked goods, fruits and veggies, jams and jellies, and so much more. Right now, if someone cannot afford an industrial kitchen they are incredibly limited in where they can sell their products. My bill would remove these barriers and allow individuals and families to supplement their income and give British Columbians access to a greater variety of fresh, local food.”

The Home-Based Craft Food 2.0 Act is a straightforward bill that would allow individuals to sell food products that have been prepared in their home kitchens as long as they have the appropriate FoodSafe certification and a local business license.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the need to provide greater supports to B.C. businesses, as well as the need for a greater focus on food security. This bill would be a step forward towards both of these goals, while also providing more opportunity for British Columbians to enjoy high-quality homemade foods straight from local farms,” concluded Paton. “By passing this simple bill the government will be taking important action that will be good for local economies, good for farmers, and good for B.C.”

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