Campaigns and Issues

Call for a Manufacturers Levy on Sugary Drinks

First Call joins organizations across Canada in endorsing Sugary Drinks Levy’s campaign calling the Government of Canada to introduce a levy on manufacturers of sugary drinks to reduce consumption and to partially recover related health care costs. The proceeds of a sugary drink levy on manufacturers should be used to fund healthy living initiatives including better public awareness of the harms of sugary drinks.

Write your MP using the letter template provided and urge the government to call for a manufacturers levy on sugary drinks. Together, we can safeguard Canadians’ health.

One healthy living initiate was outlined in a recent Huffington Post article – a cost-shared universal nutrition program across Canada. Advocates and organizations are calling for all children to have access to healthy food at school. One in six Canadian children lives in a household too poor to put nutritious food on the table, and research shows that children who eat nutritious lunches feel better and learn better.