Campaigns and Issues

Health Canada Releases Revised Canada Food Guide

 This week Health Canada released a revised Canada Food Guide. The revised guide steers away from food groups and portion sizes but recommends more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and puts an emphasis on plant-based proteins.

With one in every six Canadian children living in households that are food insecure, the revised Food Guide prompted some advocates to renew the call for a universal national school food program.

An epetition calling on the Minister of Health to implement an adequately-funded national healthy school food is gathering signatures until April 3.

The guide’s focus on fresh, often more expensive, food items should also be reflected in the recalculation of the Market Basket Measure (MBM) recently set as Canada’s official poverty line. Statistics Canada is inviting input from Canadians about the actual cost of essential living expenses you can participate by completing an online survey.