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Who is at risk ?


 Who is food insecure in Canada?

 Main risk factors for food insecurity

3 million people, including:

14% of those under age 17

26% of those on EI, Worker’s Compensation

27% of off-reserve Aboriginals

32% of lone mothers with child(ren) < 25

34% of those in poor households

57% of those on social assistance


Low household income  

Lone parents with children under 13

Welfare as main source of income

Renting; not a home owner

Two-parent families with children under 13

Aboriginal origin (off-reserve)

Some restriction of mobility




1. Che J & Chen J (2001). Food insecurity in Canadian households. Health Reports, 12(4), 11-22.

4. Rainville, B, Brink, S. Food insecurity in Canada, 1998-1999. Ottawa: Human Resources Development Canada, Applied Research Branch of Strategic Policy; 2001

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