ARCHIVED - Household Food Insecurity In Select Provinces and Territories in 2005

The Household Food Security Survey Module (HFSSM) is used to monitor household food insecurity in Canada. The HFSSM was optional in the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2005 (i.e., it was not asked of respondents in all provinces and territories). Six provinces (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia) and two territories (Northwest Territories and Nunavut) selected the module.  Prevalence estimates for these jurisdictions are presented in the figure below.Footnote 1 While the HFSSM was included in the CCHS 2004, key differences in survey methodology (e.g., the geography and age of respondents sampled, the subject matter of the survey, the proportion of in-person versus telephone interviews) have resulted in estimates that are not directly comparable to those from the annual CCHS cycles.

Household food insecurity by province and territory, 2005

This bar graph shows the prevalence of household food insecurity in Canada in 2005 for the following provinces and territories: British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

In British Columbia:
In 2005, 7.4 per cent of all households were food insecure: 4.9 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.5 per cent were severely food insecure.

In Alberta:
In 2005, 6.7 per cent of all households were food insecure: 4.6 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.1 per cent were severely food insecure.

In Ontario:
In 2005, 7.6 per cent of all households were food insecure: 5.3 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.3 per cent were severely food insecure.

In Quebec:
In 2005, 7.1 per cent of all households were food insecure: 4.9 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.2 per cent were severely food insecure.

In Nova Scotia:
In 2005, 10.8 per cent of all households were food insecure: 6.9 per cent were moderately food insecure and 3.9 per cent were severely food insecure.

In Prince Edward Island:
In 2005, 8.1 per cent of all households were food insecure: 5.5 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.6 per cent were severely food insecure.

In the Northwest Territories:
In 2005, 10.6 per cent of all households were food insecure.

In Nunavut:

Source: Health Canada
Data source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), 2007-2008 – Share File, Household Weights

The superscript E denotes data with a coefficient of variation (CV) from 16.6 per cent to 33.3 per cent; interpret with caution

Household food insecurity by province and territory, 2005

More Information

Detailed summary data tables on household food insecurity in Canada in 2005 are available upon request from the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

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