Advancing Food Insecurity Research in Canada conference - November 17-18, 2016. Call for Abstracts open until July 15

Food insecurity is a serious public health problem that affects over 4 million Canadians.

Food insecurity is the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints. It is a serious public health problem that impacts physical, mental, and social health – as well as healthcare costs.

Statistics Canada began monitoring food insecurity in 2005 through the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). Since then, food insecurity has grown in every province and territory, with over 4 million Canadians now affected.

The most recent national measure of household food insecurity was taken in 2012.

Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2012

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  • British Columbia: 12.7%
  • Alberta: 11.6%
  • Saskatchewan: 12.5%
  • Manitoba: 12.1%
  • Ontario: 11.7%
  • Quebec: 13.5%
  • New Brunswick: 15.6%
  • Prince Edward Island: 16.2%
  • Nova Scotia: 17.5%
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: 13.4%
  • Yukon: 17.1%
  • Northwest Territories: 20.4%
  • Nunavut: 45.2%

Data Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, 2012.

Using the data from the CCHS, we’ve released annual reports which provide a comprehensive look at the state of food insecurity in Canada. The most recent national measure, in which all provinces and territories were included, was taken in 2012. The next national estimate will be based on the 2015 CCHS data once it is released by Statistics Canada. The 2013 and 2014 reports reflect data from the provinces and territories that opted to measure food insecurity in those years. Learn more about Food Insecurity in Canada or our latest annual report (2014).

PROOF is an interdisciplinary, cross-jurisdictional research team working to identify effective policy interventions to reduce household food insecurity in Canada. Learn more about PROOF