CCRC Right to Food in Canada Factsheet

The latest factsheet from The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) focuses on the right to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food in Canada. The factsheet points out that 1.15 million children are food-insecure; that is about 1 out of every 6 children. Food insecurity affects single mothers 6 times more than two-parent households, and is higher among First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Canadians who identify as black, and students on post-secondary school campuses.

Recommendations in the factsheet include restricting advertising of junk food to children, a campaign that First Call has supported for many years. Proposed legislation to limit the advertising of junk food to children under age 13, Bill S-228, was introduced in 2016 and then was deliberately allowed to die in the Senate in June 2019, after pressure from the advertising industry. CCRC also recommends instituting a National School Food Program, implementing the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, and urgent coordinated attention under both the national food strategy and national poverty plan to address household food security.