Newfoundland & Labrador Minimum Wage Review Submission

The Minimum Wage: A Powerful Tool to Reduce Food Insecurity

Food First NL and PROOF have co-authored a submission to the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Minimum Wage Review Committee, titled “The Minimum Wage: A Powerful Tool to Reduce Food Insecurity.”.

The submission draws on research demonstrating that increases in minimum wage reduce risk of food insecurity in the provinces and that working adults in countries with higher minimum wage, and collective bargaining are less likely to be food-insecure.

PROOF research featured in inaugural CRDCN research-policy snapshots

Research-policy snapshots

PROOF is a proud member of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) research community. Through the CRDCN, we’ve been able to further examine the relationship between food insecurity and health, and policy interventions to reduce food insecurity.

CRDCN research-policy snapshots are one-page summaries of policy reports and published research to showcase and extend the reach of the work of the research community using Statistics Canada microdata accessible through Research Data Centres. PROOF provided 4 snapshots for the inaugural release of this initiative.

New Research & Fact Sheet – Provincial Policy Levers to Reduce Household Food Insecurity

Screenshot of fact sheet: Provincial Policy Levers to Reduce Household Food Insecurity

Download the fact sheet here: https://proof.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/PROOF_FACTSHEET_Provincial-policies-052021.pdf

PROOF has recently published a new study in the journal, Preventive Medicine, looking at the roles of provincial policy and economic environment on food insecurity. This new PROOF fact sheet and video summarizes some of the findings from this study.


For more information about this research, please see:

Men, F., Urquia, M.L., Tarasuk, V., 2021. The role of provincial social policies and economic environments in shaping food insecurity among Canadian families with children. Preventive Medicine 148, 106558. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743521001420

To see our other factsheets on food insecurity in Canada, visit https://proof.utoronto.ca/resources/fact-sheets.

New Video – How to tackle food insecurity in Canada


Visit https://proof.utoronto.ca/whiteboard/ for the video transcript and references.

Written and animated by: Natalie Klein, MPH
Supervised and edited by: Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
Video support provided by: Tim Li, MSCom

Tell your federal, provincial, or municipal leaders what we know for sure:

That food charity is not the answer to a problem rooted in income insufficiency.
That it is unacceptable that there are food insecure households in a country as rich as ours.
That we do not want federal funding of food banks, we want the government to explore, evaluate and implement sustainable income solutions to food insecurity.
Send them letters using this template created by the Ontario Dietitians in Public Health: https://www.odph.ca/what-can-you-do

More Canadians are food insecure than ever before – and the problem is only getting worse

Today, PROOF, an interdisciplinary research program investigating household food insecurity in Canada, provides a long-awaited look into the current state of food insecurity in this country.

Drawing on data for 103,500 households from Statistics Canada’s 2017-18 Canadian Community Health Survey, we found that 1 in 8 households were food insecure. This represents 4.4 million people, the largest number recorded since Canada began monitoring food insecurity. And this number is an underestimate. The survey sample does not include people living on First Nations reserves, people in some remote northern areas, or people who are homeless – i.e., three groups at high risk of food insecurity.

New Research & Factsheet – Food Procurement, Food Skills & Food Insecurity

PROOF has recently published a new study in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, looking at the extent that food skills and garden use relate to household food insecurity in Canada. This new PROOF factsheet summarizes some of the findings from this study.

Listen to PROOF Principal Investigator, Valerie Tarasuk, discuss the findings and importance of this research.(5 minutes) [Download MP3]

For more information about this research, please see: Huisken, A., Orr, S. K., & Tarasuk, V. (2017). Adults’ food skills and use of gardens are not associated with household food insecurity in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 107(6), e526-e532. [Abstract]

To see our other factsheets on food insecurity in Canada, visit https://proof.utoronto.ca/resources/fact-sheets.

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Fact Sheet: Food Procurement, Food Skills & Food Insecurity