Quebec has adopted food policies to ensure the quality of the food options in public institutions under its jurisdiction.
In September 2007, the Quebec Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sport (MELS) presented a framework policy on healthy eating and active living titled Going the Healthy Route at School. The document formally recognized the importance of healthy eating for young people and the exemplary role that schools must play in this regard.
The implementation of this framework policy came with $11 million total in initial financial support for all schools, including $8 million for going the healthy route where food is concerned. As it happens, at time of implementing the policy, Quebec had 2,770 schools in its school boards, 39 government schools, and 354 private schools for a total of 3,163 institutions. Consequently, in principle, each institution had access to $2,529 for the purpose of implementing the food policy.
An implementation assessment  conducted in 2009 by way of a web survey involving 600 schools revealed, notably, that:
Other assessments based on visits to elementary and secondary schools revealed, also, that:
In addition to ensuring coherence with the principles of healthy eating taught in class, school food policies are promising in that they contribute to the development of healthy eating habits at an early age–habits that could be maintained over the long term.
Unlike elementary and secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, such as colleges and universities, enjoy administrative autonomy. Nevertheless, the MELS proposed a guide tailored to their needs in order to encourage them to go the healthy route as well: Going the Healthy Route in Postsecondary Institution.
In July 2009, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services launched the reference guide titled Miser sur une saine alimentation : une question de qualité (Targeting healthy eating: a question of quality). The purpose of this document was to support the institutions of the health and social services system in adopting a food policy to eliminate junk food from their menus and propose healthier choices to their different service-user groups. Improving the food options in these institutions will help achieve greater coherence with their role as health promoters.
The institutions had until March 31, 2013, to complete implementation of their food policy. No official assessment of this initiative is yet available.
 Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (2012). Bilan de mise en œuvre de la politique-cadre Pour un virage santé à l’école. Repéré le 15 septembre 2012.
 Institut national de santé publique du Québec (2012). Portrait de l’environnement alimentaire dans les écoles primaires du Québec. Repéré le 26 octobre 2012.
 Institut national de santé publique du Québec (2013). Portrait de l’environnement alimentaire dans les écoles secondaires du Québec. Repéré le 5 avril 2013.
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