PROOF seeks to improve the accessibility of food insecurity data by regularly reporting it in an easy-to-understand, comprehensive manner. These reports also contain summary data based on geography, racial identity, main source of income, and other household characteristics that are often unavailable through other public information sources. This has positioned PROOF as the unique provider of food insecurity statistics for certain vulnerable populations and from years in which some jurisdictions opted to not measure food insecurity.
These reports include marginal food insecurity in their analyses and derive estimates of the total number of individuals living in food-insecure households, allowing for prevalence measures that provide a more comprehensive picture of the state of food insecurity in Canada.
Prior to these reports, the main point of reference was food bank usage statistics, which we now know seriously understate the scale of the problem. Our reports have popularized the use of food insecurity statistics to describe this serious problem.
For more information on the measurement of food insecurity in Canada, please see the reports themselves, and our measurement and interpretation guide “Household Food Insecurity in Canada: A Guide to Measurement and Interpretation”.
These reports are original works and the statistics may differ from how others report food insecurity data from Statistics Canada. As such, the statistics appearing in PROOF reports should also be attributed to the authors and PROOF.