Household Food Insecurity In Select Provinces and the Territories in 2009-2010

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) in 2009-2010 (i.e., the provinces and territories had the option of choosing it or not). Eight provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia) and the three territories (Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon) 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, 2009-2010

This bar graph shows the prevalence of household food insecurity in Canada in 2009-2010 for the following provinces and territories: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

  • In British Columbia:
    In 2009-2010, 8.4 per cent of all households were food insecure: 5.2 per cent were moderately food insecure and 3.2 per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Alberta:
    In 2009-2010, 7.2 per cent of all households were food insecure: 4.8 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.4 per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Saskatchewan:
    In 2009-2010, 6.1 per cent of all households were food insecure: 4.0 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.1 per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Manitoba:
    In 2009-2010, 7.1 per cent of all households were food insecure: 4.6 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.4 per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Ontario:
    In 2009-2010, 8.5 per cent of all households were food insecure: 5.5 per cent were moderately food insecure and 3.0 per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Quebec:
    In 2009-2010, 6.9 per cent of all households were food insecure: 4.6 per cent were moderately food insecure and 2.2 per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Nova Scotia:
    In 2009-2010, 10.0 per cent of all households were food insecure: 6.6 per cent were moderately food insecure and 3.3 per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Newfoundland and Labrador:
    In 2009-2010, 6.6 per cent of all households were food insecure: 5.0 per cent were moderately food insecure and 1.6E per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Yukon:
    In 2009-2010, 11.0 per cent of all households were food insecure: 7.2 per cent were moderately food insecure and 3.8E per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In the Northwest Territories:
    In 2009-2010, 10.2E per cent of all households were food insecure: 6.8E per cent were moderately food insecure and 3.4E per cent were severely food insecure.
  • In Nunavut:
    In 2009-2010, 28.8 per cent of all households were food insecure: 14.7 per cent were moderately food insecure and 14.1 per cent were severely food insecure.

Source: Health Canada
Data source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), 2009-2010 – 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, 2009-2010
Source: Health Canada
Data Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), 2009-2010 – Share File, Household Weights
E
Data with a coefficient of variation (CV) from 16.6% to 33.3%; interpret with caution

More Information

Detailed summary data tables on household food insecurity in Canada in 2009-2010 are available upon request from the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

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