High food prices and lack of availability have pushed food insecurity to 36.7 per cent in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut, according to the government data gathering agency Statistics Canada.
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Food insecurity at 36.7% in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut

Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut, home of the country’s Indigenous Inuit people, has a rate of food insecurity of 36.7 per cent according to the government data gathering agency Statistics Canada.

In a report released Wednesday (March 25) the agency pointed out that food insecurity “exists within a household when one or more members do not have access to the variety or quantity of food that they need due to lack of money.”

On average across Canada 8.3 per cent are experiencing a food insecurity that prevents them from “putting food on the table”.

Researchers have found that people who experience food insecurity also tend to report:

  • poor or fair health
  • poor functional health, or an inability to perform key activities due to health problems
  • long-term physical and/or mental disabilities that limit activity at home, work or school
  • multiple chronic conditions
  • major depression
  • a perceived lack of social support, such as someone to confide in, count on, or go to for advice

More information:
Statistics Canada – Study: Food insecurity in Canada, 2007 to 2012 – here
Statistics Canada – Food insecurity in Canada – here
CTV News – Nunavut hardest-hit by food insecurity: StatsCan – here
CBC News – Solving Nunavut’s food insecurity will need local input – here


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