Food and Nutrition Surveillance

NOTICE: 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition focus data release from Statistics Canada and Health Canada’s Reference Guide to Understanding and Using the Data: 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition was released on June 20th, 2017

Health Canada recognizes that a healthy diet, a safe, nutritious food supply and nutritional well-being are essential contributors to a healthy, productive population.

Enhancing health requires surveillance of food and nutrient intakes, food safety, nutritional status and nutrition-related health outcomes. It is also important to monitor factors that influence food and nutrient intakes, such as economic and societal factors and individual factors like knowledge, attitudes and practices.

What do we do?

Food and nutrition surveillance involves the collection, integration, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of food and nutrition data. It relies on a number of activities and a comprehensive range of data sources. Health Canada's Bureau of Food Surveillance and Science Integration in the Food Directorate and Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion work with their federal, provincial and territorial partners on a variety of food and nutrition surveillance activities including:

  • Collecting data on what Canadians are eating.
  • Measuring contaminant levels in some foods.
  • Developing methodological and data collection tools and standards.
  • Providing guidance on interpreting surveillance data.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data to inform programs and policies.

What Information is Available?

In this section, you will find scientific and technical information as well as information of interest to all Canadians.

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