Health Canada recognizes that a healthy diet, a safe, nutritious food supply and nutritional well-being are essential contributors to a healthy, productive population.
Enhancing health requires surveillance of food and nutrient intakes, food safety, nutritional status and nutrition-related health outcomes. It is also important to monitor factors that influence food and nutrient intakes, such as economic and societal factors and individual factors like knowledge, attitudes and practices.
Food and nutrition surveillance involves the collection, integration, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of food and nutrition data. It relies on a number of activities and a comprehensive range of data sources. Health Canada's Food Directorate and Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion work with their federal, provincial and territorial partners on a variety of food and nutrition surveillance activities including:
In this section, you will find scientific and technical information as well as information of interest to all Canadians.