A coalition is “an alliance for combined action.” With this definition in mind, Provision was created as an public policy collaboration group, with a unified voice speaking on behalf of the food and beverage manufacturing industry on matters relating to sustainability.

Provision was formed in 2010 under Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Provision is a coalition of 16 member associations, representing member companies across Canada:

 Baking Association of Canada BC Food Processors Association  Canadian Beverage Association   Canadian National Millers Association
 Canadian Oilseed Processors Association  Le Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec  Food & Beverage Manitoba Food & Beverage Ontario
Food & Consumer Products of Canada  Ontario Agri Business Association  Ontario Craft Brewers   Ontario Commercial Fishers' Association
Ontario Dairy Council  The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Processors Association   Ontario Independent Meat Processors Wine Council of Ontario