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- Prevalence, Severity and Impact of Household Food Insecurity: A Serious Public Health Issue
(August 2016) a background paper including information about the prevalence, severity and causes of household food insecurity in Canada, with references.
- Addressing Household Food Insecurity in Canada: Position Statement and Recommendations from Dietitians of Canada
(August 2016) the Position Statement and Recommendations, addressing the issues related to household food insecurity, with referenced rationale .
- Addressing Household Food Insecurity in Canada: Executive Summary
(August 2016) includes the position statement, recommendations and key information from the two larger, referenced documents. Sommaire en français.
- Addressing Household Food Insecurity in Canada: Questions & Answers
(August 2016) answers to common questions asked by members
- PROOF Factsheets
(July 2016; March 2017, February 2018) A series of 6 fact sheets is available through PROOF (http://proof.utoronto.ca), a CIHR-funded, interdisciplinary research program working to identify effective policy interventions to reduce household food insecurity in Canada:
Monitoring Food Insecurity in Canada
Children in Food Insecure Households
The Impact of Food Insecurity on Health
Public Policy and Food Insecurity
Food Procurement, Food Skills & Food Insecurity
Food Insecurity and Social Assistance
Food Insecurity and Mental Health
- DC letter to Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
(September 2018) Following the release of Canada's first poverty reduction strategy, Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, DC wrote a letter to voice support of the Strategy, particularly new commitment to annual monitoring of household food insecurity as an outcome indicator.
- DC reaches out to new Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade
(September 2018) DC sent a letter to Minister Le Blanc congratulating him on his new position and asking for a meeting to discuss concerns expressed in DC's earlier feedback about Nutrition North Canada in November 2016.
- DC British Columbia submission to BC’s consultation on poverty reduction strategy and Letter to Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
(April 2018) Dietitians of Canada-BC provided a written submission to BC's Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. Key action points highlighted the four recommendations in DC's position on household food insecurity, and advocacy on Nutritional Supplements through BC Local Action Groups.
- DC Ontario collaborates with OPHA, OSNPPH and PROOF to highlight food insecurity issues in the Ontario government
(August 2017) DC Ontario collaborated with OPHA, OSNPPH and PROOF on recommendations to highlight food insecurity issues in the government of Ontario’s Food and Organic Waste framework.
- DC response to Poverty Reduction Strategy in Canada
(June 2017) DC submitted a letter to the Hon Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, urging the government to include household food insecurity measurement as a key indicator to monitor success of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. A brief by the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC), in which DC is a member, was also attached.
- Letter and Detailed Response re: Ontario's Food Security Strategy: Submission to Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy Office by Dietitians of Canada (Ontario)
(May 2017) As part of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Ontario Ministry of Community & Social Services proposed a Ontario's First Food Security Strategy, DC(ON) submitted a letter outlining key recommendations, with an attached detailed report to explain the recommendations and an appendix with recommended actions.
- Addressing Household Food Insecurity within Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: Submission to HUMA by Dietitians of Canada
(March 2017) This Dietitians of Canada report was submitted to HUMA (House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities), for their study on poverty reduction strategies. DC's input draws from our Position and Recommendations on Household Food Insecurity. In May 2017 HUMA released a final report (with recommendations), entitled BREAKING THE CYCLE: A STUDY ON POVERTY REDUCTION - available here.
- 2016 federal pre-budget recommendations
(February 2016) DC's recommendations to the federal government address issues including food insecurity (Aboriginal, poverty), excise tax on SSB, access to home-/community-based care and telehealth dietitians, national workforce data base and nutrient database of Canadian foods.
- Food Insecurity in Canada
(October 1, 2015) This one page document provides an overview of the food insecurity situation in Canada including the prevalence, impact on health, cause and elements of a national strategy to address food insecurity.
- Food Costing in BC 2017: Assessing the affordability of healthy eating report
(November 2018) This report assesses the affordability of healthy eating for different population groups in BC, using the Nutritious Food Basket protocol, and provides insight into challenges faced by food insecure households to purchase a healthy diet. The root cause of household food insecurity isn’t the price of food – it’s poverty. For a quick summary, check out the infographic illustrating the affordability of healthy eating in BC.
- Cost of Healthy Eating in Alberta 2015
(June 2017) Three reports examine the cost of healthy eating across Alberta. Actions to promote health equity and improve health and social outcomes for food insecure households are identified.
The Cost of Healthy Eating in Alberta
The Affordability of Healthy Eating in Alberta
Household Food Insecurity in Alberta: A Backgrounder
- DC (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) submission on the Nutrition North Canada consultation
(November 2016) Dietitians of Canada (DC) provided these recommendations focused on issues within the scope of the Nutrition North Canada (NNC) program.
- The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan 2015
(October 2016) This report examines the cost of healthy eating across Saskatchewan based on the National Nutritious Food Basket and identifies ways to work towards food security.
The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan 2015 Report
The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan 2015 PowerPoint Presentation
Infographic 1 – The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan
Infographic 2 – The Cost of Healthy Eating in Northern Saskatchewan
- 2016 DC (BC) Submission to the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
(May 2016) Dietitians of Canada compares total basic monthly income and disability assistance to the cost of a healthy diet in BC as reported by the Provincial Health Services Authority report.
- Food Costing in B.C. (2013)
This report presents the average monthly cost of a nutritionally adequate, balanced diet in B.C. based on the National Nutritious Food Basket. Includes methods and comparison to previous years' data.
- The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan 2012
(2012) This is the fourth food costing report completed in Saskatchewan. The report examines the cost of healthy food across the province and identifies ways to work towards food security.
- BC Auditor General Submission: DC calls for changes to social assistance rates and the Nutritional Supplement Programs
(2013) – Dietitians of Canada reviewed some of the current challenges faced by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation clients. Recommendations include ensuring social assistance rates and earning limits allow recipients sufficient income to purchase a healthy diet in their local areas, and addressing the inadequacies and inefficiencies in the Nutritional Supplement Programs.
- Letter on Right to Food
(November 2011) Dietitians of Canada provided input to the Canadian Joint Civil Society Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, in preparation for the upcoming Right to Food Mission to Canada in May 2012. This will be the first Mission to an OECD country by the Special Rapporteur, Olivier de Schutter, who requested input into establishing priority issues for investigation, as well as suggestions for supportive site visits.
- DC response to Ontario Social Assistance Review
(August 2011) Dietitians of Canada's response focuses on the need for access to healthy foods for all Ontarians, including those on social assistance, and on the need for Registered Dietitians to be included in any review of the Special Diet Allowance Program.
- Nutrition and Food Security Network