The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) initiative began in 2000 with its main goals being the provision of population-level information on health determinants, health status and health system utilization. This series of surveys is a joint effort of Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
The CCHS comprises two types of surveys:
Food and nutrition-related modules, including food insecurity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and self-reported height and weight, have been included in the content of the CCHS.
In 2004, nutrition was the topic of the specific health focus on the CCHS - the CCHS - Cycle 2.2, Nutrition. This survey provides information, at the nationalFootnote * and provincial levels, on food intake, food groups, vitamin and mineral supplements, nutrients, eating patterns, physical activity, Body Mass Index, and household food insecurity.
Using information from the CCHS annual component and the CCHS 2.2, Nutrition, a number of resources that report on the nutritional health and wellbeing of Canadians have been developed. To optimize the usage of any CCHS 2.2 reports, they should be read in concert with the report, Canadian Community Health Survey, Cycle 2.2, Nutrition (2004) - A Guide to Accessing and Interpreting the Data, published by Health Canada in 2006.
Food and Nutrient Intake [-]
Food Insecurity [-]
Overweight and Obesity [-]
Breastfeeding Practices [-]
Please Note: The CCHS 2.2 does not include data from the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory or Nunavut. However, the target population covered by the survey represents approximately 98% of the population of the 10 provinces and is thus considered a national survey.