Summary of Issue:

The Steering committee, representing small, medium, and large enterprises in the food supply chain in Canada including retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, processors and producers,  currently working on the development of a grocery industry Code of Conduct, announced today that it will launch stakeholder consultations beginning the week of May 1, 2023 and ending on May 31, 2023.

Industry members, including QPMA members, are strongly encouraged to participate in the consultation process for the proposed Code.

The consultation process includes:

The consultation process will start with a webinar that will provide background and details regarding the proposed Code.  The sessions will take place on:

  • A webinar that will provide background and details of the proposed Code.
    Sessions will take place :
    • May 2 – 11am EST (English): Register here – Passcode: 909132
    • May 2 – 1pm EST (French): Register here – Passcode: 909132

The online session will provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed code and related matters and offer an opportunity for participants to provide feedback and questions via a dedicated microsite which includes an online consultation document. The steering committee firmly believes that it is critical to ensure all stakeholders understand the application of the proposed Code prior to implementation.

For those unable to view the webinar session live on May 2nd, it will be recorded and posted to the Code of Conduct microsite following the event.

  • From May 2, a microsite will also include the online consultation document to ensure stakeholders can ask questions and provide feedback.

Stakeholder consultations will end on May 31st, at which time the Steering Committee will review the feedback and determine next steps. 

The Steering Committee will provide an update to Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers in July.

These consultations, represent a significant part of the code development process. Since announcing completion on draft code provisions by the industry working group, the Steering committee has continued to work on other elements related to the code, including the governance and adjudication models. In moving to the consultation phase of code development, the committee acknowledges the importance of broad stakeholder engagement in ensuring the intended purpose of the Code reflects the needs of all stakeholders affected.

Additional updates will be provided reflecting key milestones within the code development process.