Food Insecurity in Canada

Food Insecurity is the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.

How does it impact us?
Food insecurity can cause difficulty managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and mood disorders. It can also cause malnutrition (excess or deficiency of nutrients in diet), poor mental health and obesity.

Who does it affect?

  • 1 in 8 Canadian households (12.7%) are affected. This accounts for 4.4 million people and 1.8 million households.
  • 25% of female lone parent households
  • 7% of couples with children
  • 16% of male lone parent households

Black households are 3.56x more likely to experience food insecurity than white households.

Other Resources:
Centre for Studies in Food Security – Ryerson University
McGill Institute for Global Food Insecurity
PROOF – Food Insecurity Policy Research
Food Secure Canada
Food First

Tarasuk V, Mitchell A. (2020) Household food insecurity in Canada, 2017-18. Toronto: Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity (PROOF). Retrieved from
Melana Roberts / February 03, 2. (2020, February 3). Black Food Insecurity in Canada. Retrieved July 29, 2020, from
Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), 2017-18

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