School-based Feeding Programs: A good choice for children?

Commissioned by Childhood and Youth Division Population & Public Health Branch Health Canada this paper offers an analytical assessment of school food programs as a sound policy response to food insecurity. The paper discusses the findings from interviews with key informants and from a review of relevant research  literature.

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Child and Family Poverty in Canada: Prevalence, Policies and Politics

This PowerPoint presentation was prepared for the Office of the BC Representative for Children and Youth in March 2012. The paper was presented at an international conference in Vancouver in November 2012.

Child and Family Poverty in Canada: Prevalence, Policies and Politics 

Available literature on child and family poverty is generally focused on two areas. The first is the incidence and prevalence of poverty. This literature examines poverty rates, trends and comparative information (between and within jurisdictions, and between and within population groups). 

The second major area represented in the literature covers the impacts and consequences of poverty. This includes effects on people (e.g. health, human development, social stigma), on families (e.g. violence, family break-up, community participation) and on societies (e.g. social cohesion, economic costs, increased service costs).

The paper provides brief overviews of this literature. References are provided to more detailed and comprehensive discussions of these two areas. 

The final section of the paper discusses the policies and programs that are directed at preventing and mitigating child and family poverty in Canada. While there is relatively less information to draw from, this literature is more recent and beginning to grow. The section provides an overview chart of existing Canadian policies and programs provided by national, provincial and local governments, and examples of local programs provided by non-profit organizations and through private workplaces.Type your paragraph here.

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Challenges Faced by BC Families


This report is based on a qualitative survey research project about challenges facing BC Families. Semantria's Natural Language Processing capabilities were used to analyze over 12,000 responses to open-ended questions.  Over 3,000 respondents provided feedback.


A related video presentation explaining respondent repreresentativeness can be found at this link



Improving the Health of Canadians 2004

Improving the Health of Canadians 2004 examines what we know about factors that affect the health of Canadians, ways to improve our health and the implications of policy choices on health. 

The report focuses on four key issues - income, early childhood development, Aboriginal Peoples' health and obesity-and builds on earlier reports from the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Committee on Population Health. 

The report was the first in a biennial report series produced by the Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) of the Canadian Institute for Health Information. In his role as Manager of Reports and Analysis for CPHI/CIHI, David was the primary researcher, lead writer and project manager of Improving the Health of Canadians 2004. The report was published in February 2004.Type your paragraph here.