The NSERC-PFSNRA is located in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and was established in 1992 with support through a peer-reviewed initiative by NSERC, the University of Toronto and donations from Canada‚Äôs food industry.

Mission, Objectives and Goal of the NSERC-PFSNRA

The mission of the NSERC-PFSNRA has been to assist the food system by providing scientific expertise needed to address current food safety, nutrition and regulatory issues affecting Canadian consumers.  continues to accomplish this by serving as a conduit for collaboration between scientists and health professionals from universities, food industry, government and non-governmental organizations, with the common goal of achieving a healthier Canadian population.

Through its science-driven program activities, the NSERC-PFSNRA is able to meet its specific objectives including:

  • Enhancing research and development partnerships in academic settings to provide answers to current and future safety and nutrition concerns regarding food industry products

  • Examining the scientific basis for regulatory positions, public health statements and related issues identified by PFSNRA attendees

  • Serving as a scientific information resource on food, nutrition and health



The NSERC-PFSNRA is a unique program bringing together all stakeholders in the food system including university researchers, government, industry and other non-profits and organizations. The strength of the NSERC-PFSNRA comes from the combining of expertise from these sectors in order to address food, nutrition, agriculture and health issues. 



Universities: Toronto, Guelph, Ryerson


Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research


15 Agri-Food Company Donors


  • Canadian Nutrition Society
  • Dietitians of Canada
  • Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada
  • The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences