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This report is organized around the two activities between partners and collaborators: the consultation event for change agents on the ideation and consolidation of the Montreal food cycle, and the mini-workshop carried out following the fifth webinar of the Conversations on local and solidarity food supply. It highlights avenues for collective ideation; these ideas, emerging from a variety of perspectives, deserve to be explored in greater depth collectively. In pursuing this approach, we have chosen to invest our energy and resources in two of these promising areas which represent concrete opportunities to drive significant change within the Montreal food system. 

We invite you to express your interest and commitment to taking part in the continuation of this collective ideation. Your contribution is invaluable in shaping together a more resilient, more inclusive and more sustainable food system for all Montrealers.

We would like to warmly thank the participants of the March 30, 2023, workshop, our collaborators and our partners for their involvement and trust in this major project.

This project is part of the SALIM program, a multi-partner project led by Collectif Récolte, as part of Montreal in Common. SALIM provides support and collective solutions to Montreal’s local food supply network. Montreal in Common is an innovation community led by the City of Montréal and funded by the Government of Canada as part of the Smart Cities Challenge.

This report is in reference to stage one of the Démarche de coconception du cycle alimentaire local, durable et solidaire à Montréal project, carried out during the spring and summer of 2023.

Based on the observation that a number of existing and emerging initiatives in Montreal are working towards realizing components of the SALIM vision, the co-design approach was developed with the goal of identifying together how to consolidate and link these existing pieces of the puzzle. Through cross-sector mobilization and joint ideation, this approach seeks to identify synergies or missing links in the current food system, and to imagine together solutions to be built or strengthened with a view to increasing efficiency and consolidating the local, sustainable and solidarity-based supply cycle in Montreal. The approach is thus part of a collective logic that supports the resilience of the food supply chain, begun by the “Zero Hunger” initiative in Montreal in 2018-2019 (french only). The scope is the Montreal food system, which includes the supply and marketing of food from Quebec to Montreal and, consequently, local production in Quebec, with production in and around Montreal (particularly in the West Island) as the starting point.

The innovative aspect of this approach is that it focuses systemically on strengthening the links between several initiatives from different functions of the supply cycle, rather than on strengthening the initiatives themselves.

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