Household Food Insecurity in Canada 2017/2018 from PROOF

Canada Focused, Food Security, Vulnerable Populations

According to PROOF’s latest report on household food insecurity in 2017-2018, more Canadians are food insecure than ever before, and the problem is only getting worse. 

Drawing on data for 103,500 households from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey conducted in 2017 and 2018, we found that 12.7% of households experienced some level of food insecurity in the previous 12 months. There were 4.4 million people, including more than 1.2 million children under the age of 18, living in food-insecure households in 2017-18. This is higher than any prior national estimate.

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    How to use this resource:

    • Support discussion about household food security in Canada with the latest research and statistics from across Canada, both national and provincial.
    • Monitor food security trends in Canada, enabling the identification of priorities for interventions.
    • Advocate for the rights of those experiencing food security with policy-makers and front-line organizations.


    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