PROOF News & Stories
The latest updates from our research on effective policy interventions to reduce household food insecurity in Canada.
Commentary | Story
Food prescriptions – a short-sighted response to food insecurity
Providers of food prescriptions in Canada have acknowledged that they are “at best, stopgap measures” & “not a solution to food insecurity”. Canada already has a long history of stopgap measures in food charity. Can we afford to entrench another?
May 25, 2023
Announcement | Story
New data on household food insecurity in 2022
We’ve summarize the latest data on food insecurity in 2022 from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Income Survey. In 2022, 6.9 million Canadians, including almost 1.8 million children, lived in a food-insecure household.
May 2, 2023
Job Posting: Part-time Research Analyst (Toronto)
We are hiring a part-time Research Analyst to support research on the economic predictors of food insecurity, using Statistics Canada population survey data at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto.
April 27, 2023
Resource | Story
What the measures in the 2023 budgets mean for food insecurity
Budget season has come to an end. The 2023-2024 federal, provincial, and territorial budgets come at a critical time where record inflation has put considerable financial strain on many Canadians.
April 13, 2023
What’s behind the federal grocery rebate – Interview on the Shaye Ganam Show
Dr. Tarasuk spoke with Shaye Ganam on the federal “grocery rebate”, why it is a positive step in policy thinking around addressing food insecurity, and the need to go further with more adequate, enduring income supports in Canada.
April 11, 2023
Commentary | Story
The 2023 Federal Budget has the right idea, but much more is needed to address food insecurity
Food insecurity is a problem of income inadequacy. The 2023 federal budget’s “grocery rebate” has the right idea, but falls short.
March 29, 2023
Research | Story
A more generous Canada Child Benefit for low-income families would reduce their probability of food insecurity
New PROOF research, led by Dr. Fei Men, found that the additional money provided to families with younger children through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) lowers their risk of household food insecurity.
March 9, 2023
New CRDCN research-policy snapshots on household food insecurity
Check out 2 new research-policy snapshots on the relationship between food insecurity and pain-driven emergency department visits, and on differences in food insecurity classification
February 8, 2023
Reconsidering Food Prescription Programs in Relation to Household Food Insecurity
In their commentary in The Journal of Nutrition, founding PROOF investigators raised important questions about food prescription programs and their relationship with food insecurity.
February 6, 2023
The Big Story Podcast: Why food banks can’t solve the problem of hungry Canadians
Dr. Valerie Tarasuk joined The Big Story Podcast to talk about the need for policy action to address the high and persistent rate of household food insecurity in Canada.
January 26, 2023