Food Insecurity Measurement in Canada: Interpreting the Statistics
February 8, 2017
This webinar is part 1 of a 3-part series in collaboration with Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC). It discusses how household food insecurity is monitored and reported in Canada, and how to accurately and effectively use the data.
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).
Valerie Tarasuk, PhD — Professor, University of Toronto
Suzanne Galesloot, MSA, RD — Public Health Nutrition Provincial Lead, Alberta Health Services
Tracy Woloshyn, RD — Public Health Nutritionist, York Region Public Health