HOUSEHOLD FOOD INSECURITY IS A SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS 1 IN 8 CANADIAN HOUSEHOLDS.
Household food insecurity – the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints – is a serious public health problem in Canada. It negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health, and costs our healthcare system considerably.
Statistics Canada began monitoring household food insecurity in 2005 through the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). The most recent national measure was taken in 2017-18, when 1 in 8 households were food insecure, amounting to over 4.4 million Canadians, including 1.2 million children, living in homes that have difficulty putting food on the table because of a lack of money.
Household Food Insecurity BY PROVINCE & TERRITORY
Data source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), 2017-2018. From our report, Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2017-2018.
PROOF is an interdisciplinary research program working to identify effective policy interventions to reduce household food insecurity in Canada.