Household Food Insecurity in Canada: Overview

Household Food Insecurity in Canada: Overview

Health Canada plays a leading role in monitoring key food and nutrition indicators, including household food insecurity. Understanding the patterns of household food insecurity in Canada over time is helpful in developing and assessing the impact of policies and programs related to food security.

Food security exists “when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”Footnote 1

Household food insecurity is “the inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so”Footnote 2. It is often associated with the household’s financial ability to access adequate food.

Since 2004, the Household Food Security Survey Module (HFSSM), a comprehensive and validated measurement tool of household food insecurity, has been included in Canadian national surveys, including cycles of the Next link will take you to another Web site Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) and the 2010 cycle of the Survey of Household Spending (SHS).

More Information On…

Related Resources


Footnote 1
Food and Agriculture Organization. Rome Declaration on World Food Security and World Food Summit Plan of Action, Rome, Italy: FAO, 1996. Available at:
Footnote 2
Davis B, Tarasuk V. Hunger in Canada. Agriculture and Human Values 1994;11(4):50-57.

original source: Date Modified: 2012-07-25

Please feel free to add feedback, additional info, alternative contact details, related links, articles, anonymous submission, etc. as a comment below, via web-form, through social media or mail us directly and confidentially at: dumpharper [at] live [dot] ca

This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in an effort to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. and intend its use to be for education and instructional purposes only. Therefore, we believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond “fair use,” you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

ShareAlike Statement:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s