CRDCN Research-Policy Snapshots

February 8, 2023

CRDCN Research-Policy Snapshots

PROOF is a proud member of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) research community. The following one-page summaries snapshots are our contribution to CRDCN’s research-policy snapshot series, which showcase policy-relevant research using Statistics Canada microdata.

Updated: 2023-02-08


Food-insecure Canadians are more likely to visit emergency departments due to pain (PDF )

Based on: Men, F., Urquia, M. L., & Tarasuk, V. (2022). Pain-driven emergency department visits and food insecurity: a cross-sectional study linking Canadian survey and health administrative data. CMAJ Open, 10(1), E8-E18.

How household food insecurity is classified matters for monitoring and research (PDF )

Based on: Men, F., & Tarasuk, V. (2022). Classification Differences in Food Insecurity Measures between the United States and Canada: Practical Implications for Trend Monitoring and Health Research. The Journal of Nutrition, 152(4),


Provincial governments can reduce food insecurity through social policies that improve household incomes (PDF )

Based on: 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.

Canadian youth living in food-insecure households are more vulnerable to mental health problems (PDF )

Based on: Men, F., Elgar, F. J., & Tarasuk, V. (2021). Food insecurity is associated with mental health problems among Canadian youth. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 75(8), 741–748.

Food insecurity is associated with chronic pain and prescription opioid use (PDF )

Based on: Men, F., Fischer, B., Urquia, M. L., & Tarasuk, V. (2021). Food insecurity, chronic pain, and use of prescription opioids. SSM – Population Health, 14, 100768.


Food insecurity in Nunavut worsened following the introduction of Nutrition North Canada (PDF )

Based on: Fafard St-Germain AA, Galloway T, Tarasuk V. Food insecurity in Nunavut following the introduction of Nutrition North Canada. CMAJ 2019:191(20);E552-E558.

Food insecurity is associated with higher health care use and costs among Canadian adults (PDF )

Based on: Men, F., Gundersen, C., Urquia, M. L., & Tarasuk, V. (2020). Food Insecurity Is Associated With Higher Health Care Use And Costs Among Canadian Adults. Health Affairs, 39(8), 1377-1385.

The relationship between homeownership and food insecurity (PDF )

Based on: St-Germain, A.A.F., & Tarasuk, V. (2020). Homeownership status and risk of food insecurity: examining the role of housing debt, housing expenditure and housing asset using a cross-sectional population-based survey of Canadian households. International journal for equity in health, 19(1), 1-12.

The unrealized potential of the Canada Child Benefit to reduce food insecurity among households with children (PDF )

Based on: Brown, E. M., & Tarasuk, V. (2019). Money speaks: Reductions in severe food insecurity follow the Canada Child Benefit. Preventive Medicine, 129.