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The BC Teachers’ Federation is pleased that the federal government is investing $1 billion in a Universal School Food Program. This is an important step toward ensuring that all students have access to healthy meals at school so they can thrive in class and beyond.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the investment on Monday. The funds are to be distributed by provinces and territories over a five-year period, with $200 million being allocated each year.

The Federation has long advocated for a national school food program, and the announcement follows more than a decade of work on the topic by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE), most recently in partnership with the Breakfast Club of Canada and the Coalition for Healthy School Food. The success of this campaign demonstrates the power of working with our partners across the country on issues that affect students and families in Canada. 

“Teachers believe that all students deserve to arrive in the classroom well-fed and ready to take on the day. This initiative will help improve student equity, reduce food insecurity, and provide support for families at a time when the cost of living is overwhelming,” BCTF President Clint Johnston said.

“I’m proud that the Federation’s work with the CTF/FCE is resulting in concrete improvements to the lives of our students and their families.”

For more information, see the statement from the CTF/FCE.

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