Food Insecurity Measurement in Canada: Interpreting the Statistics
CDPAC Webinar #1
Food insecurity – the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints – is increasingly recognized as a serious public health problem. Since 2005, household food insecurity has been systematically monitored in Canada through the Canadian Community Health Survey run by Statistics Canada.
The growing use of these data by public health, community agencies, research centres, and social policy groups has been critical in building awareness and understanding of the problem of food insecurity. However, inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the reporting of data on food insecurity mask the scale and severity of this problem. The accurate and effective use of Canada’s monitoring data hinges on a clear understanding of what exactly is being measured on the Canadian Community Health Survey, what it means, and how to interpret the food insecurity statistics available on Statistics Canada’s website (CANSIM). Anyone interested in using food insecurity statistics or learning about how food insecurity is monitored in Canada is encouraged to view this webinar.
- Valerie Tarasuk, PhD – Professor at University of Toronto and principal investigator of PROOF
- Suzanne Galesloot, MSA, RD – Public Health Nutrition Provincial Lead at Alberta Health Services
- Tracy Woloshyn, RD – Public Health Nutritionist at York Region Public Health
- Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2014 (most recently available CCHS data – Yukon, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador opted out in 2013-2014)
- Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2013
- Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2012 (most recently report with full national data)
- Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2011
- Monitoring Food Insecurity in Canada
- Children in Food Insecure Households
- The Impact of Food Insecurity on Health
- Public Policy and Food Insecurity
Cox, J., Hamelin, A. M., McLinden, T., Moodie, E. E., Anema, A., Rollet-Kurhajec, K. C., … & Canadian Co-infection Cohort Investigators. (2016). Food insecurity in HIV-hepatitis C virus co-infected individuals in Canada: the importance of co-morbidities. AIDS and Behavior, 1-11.
McIntyre, L., Dutton, D. J., Kwok, C., & Emery, J. H. (2016). Reduction of Food Insecurity among Low-Income Canadian Seniors as a Likely Impact of a Guaranteed Annual Income. Canadian Public Policy, 42(3), 274-286.
Tarasuk, V., Cheng, J., de Oliveira, C., Dachner, N., Gundersen, C., & Kurdyak, P. (2015). Association between household food insecurity and annual health care costs. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 187(14), E429-E436.
Tarasuk, V., Mitchell, A., McLaren, L., & McIntyre, L. (2013). Chronic physical and mental health conditions among adults may increase vulnerability to household food insecurity. The Journal of nutrition, jn-113.
The following are links to the research abstracts. If you are looking for the full articles, please email email@example.com.
Loopstra, R., Dachner, N., & Tarasuk, V. (2015). An exploration of the unprecedented decline in the prevalence of household food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007-2012. Canadian Public Policy, 41(3), 191-206.
McIntyre, L., Williams, J. V., Lavorato, D. H., & Patten, S. (2013). Depression and suicide ideation in late adolescence and early adulthood are an outcome of child hunger. Journal of affective disorders, 150(1), 123-129.