Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2013

Note: This is not the most recent report on household food insecurity in Canada. For the latest annual report, please see Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2017-2018

In 2015, Statistics Canada implemented a major redesign of the CCHS. This included changes to the method of sampling households for the survey. The changes were implemented to improve the population representativeness of the data from CCHS. However, because of the changes, Statistics Canada cautions users against comparing more recent survey results with those prior to 2015. Statistics in this 2013 report should not be compared with those from 2015 and onward.

Report released October 13, 2015
UPDATED MAY 12, 2017: We have recently learned that Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon opted out of food insecurity measurement in 2015 and 2016. The reports have been updated to reflect this development.

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How to cite: Tarasuk, V, Mitchell, A, Dachner, N. (2015). Household food insecurity in Canada, 2013.Toronto: Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity (PROOF).Retrieved from

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In PROOF’s third annual report, it is clear that household food insecurity remains high across Canada. Unfortunately, not all provinces and territories chose to measure food insecurity in 2013 (British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon​ did not participate​). ​Among ​those that did, we observed no significant drops and even up​ward​ trends in​ Ontario and the Atlantic provinces.

The ​2013 ​report continues the narrative from previous years; ​​household food insecurity has grown in Canada ​​since measurement and monitoring of the problem began in 2005​. More than 1 in 6 children lived in households that experienced food insecurity in 2013.

Like in previous years, the majority of food insecure households in Canada were working​ in 2013​, demonstrating a need to ​improve ​current programs​ designed​ to compensate for precarious employment. The findings continue to emphasize the need for development and implementation of public policies to ​address food insecurity.

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