Welcome to your Supply Chain

Visualize your place in the food supply chain. Add your organization or business, and gain access to a grassroots, data-driven supply chain management tool, developed in partnership with Canadian educational institutions, economic agencies, and food security organizations.

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What is the food model?

This is a collaborative space for stakeholders in the local food industry, encompassing producers, retailers, non-profits, and other key players. It offers a platform to work together beyond traditional silos, with minimal barriers.The foodsupplychain.ca platform consolidates real-time, crowdsourced data from members into interactive visualizations, offering a comprehensive view of the food supply chain adaptable to any scale. Designed for versatility, it supports various products, processes, and organizational sizes, providing insights into rural supply chains for effective decision-making. Beneficial for a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including consumers, producers, retailers, and more, its implementation is bolstered by partnerships with food policy councils, economic development agencies, educational institutions, and government bodies.

How does it work?

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Add your organization

1-3 mins
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Add supply chain links

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View & utilize the model

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Why add your organization to the food model?

Support researchers and educational institutions focused on improving the local food industry and rural food security.

Promote yourself as a local producer or an organization that supports local food production efforts.

Gain access to a powerful, evolving tool for tracking your supply chain within your community or region's context.

What problems does it solve?

In rural regions, particularly with local food systems, organizations often encounter obstacles in acquiring and utilizing complex relational data. The conventional methods used for collecting supply chain data are typically tailored to specific industries or professions, characterized by their complexity and lack user-friendly, accessible interfaces.

This lack of a unified platform creates a barrier to effective collaboration and inclusivity among organizations within the food industry. It also makes it difficult to act on data which is missing the grassroots, local granular data which makes up a large portion of food supply chains in rural Canada.

Interactive supply chain modelling systems remove each of those barriers, making advanced decision-making tools a reality for rural Canada. They create a shared space for collaboration across different industries and regions. They also serve as a free tool for individual producers to monitor and manage their supply chains, regardless of scale or industry, all within the context of their community.

Common Questions

What types of organizations should be added?

If you’re involved in the food industry in BC, you’re likely a valuable addition to the model. If you fall into any of these categories, the platform has been created with you in mind.

  • Producers
  • Retailers
  • Food related non-profits
  • Restaurants
  • Farmers markets
  • Institutions (ie. schools, hospitals, government departments etc)

What are the benefits to your organization?

This project is being developed to meet the needs of stakeholders in the local food and food transportation sectors. The highest priority is to address inefficiencies in our supply chain and local food production. Besides diagnosing inefficiencies, organizations can expect a number of additional benefits:

  • Explore new insights and enhance your understanding of your role in the supply chain. Make informed decisions about the most efficient ways to engage in the flow of food within your community, region, or across the province.
  • Promote yourself as a local producer or an organization that supports local food production efforts.
  • Gain access to a powerful, evolving tool for tracking your supply chain within your community or region’s context.
  • Find collaborative opportunities to improve the efficiency and reach of your transportation, facilitate circular economy practices, and optimize your supply chains.
  • Communicate your organization’s needs and priorities to decision-makers aiming to reduce inefficiencies.
  • Support researchers and educational institutions focused on improving the local food industry and rural food security.
  • Gain access to and inclusion in the BC Food Supply Chain Newsletter. These newsletters will offer updates on the model, highlight various BC organizations, products, and communities, showcase supply chain connections, and share other insights obtained from the collaborative supply chain platform.
  • Have your voice heard and contribute to guiding the platform’s development.

Who created the food model?

The platform began with a small test region in southern BC in 2021. Planning, design, and early implementation were a fruitful collaborative effort between TruGIS Web & Geospatial Services, and the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation. The project has since evolved and grown, responding to feedback and incorporating greater technical sophistication. The BC platform (Grow & Connect Interior) enjoys the support and/or partnership of multiple stakeholders with extensive expertise and experience within the food industry and beyond. These include the University of Guelph, Selkirk College / Selkirk Innovates, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Boundary Community Ventures Association, the Kamloops Food Policy Council, and the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council. The list of supporters will continue to grow over the next few years of development.

Can I remove my information?

Yes! Organizations can have their information removed from the food model at any time. As with any other component of the project, meeting the needs and expectations of our local organizations takes priority. If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them within 24 hours. This can include the removal of supply chain links, organization details, or your presence on the models altogether. Feel free to email, support@trugis.ca for assistance.