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Housing and Food Insecurity: Exploring the Relationship

Housing and Food Insecurity: Exploring the Relationship

What: Webinar
When: October 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM

Epidemiological studies consistently show a protective effect of homeownership (and adverse effect of renting) on household food insecurity, a condition of public health concern. What do we know about who rents and who owns, and about renter neighbourhoods?  Housing policy in Canada favours homeownership to the detriment of affordable housing policy, and the availability of social housing. This webinar uses data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, which has information on both household food insecurity and homeownership over time, to consider healthy housing policy for families at risk of food insecurity.



1. Examine household food insecurity from the perspective of who rents and who owns
2. Consider how housing policy affected households before and after the 2008-2009 recession
3. Synthesize neighbourhood effects and current housing policy to suggest health housing policy alternatives


Lynn McIntyre is Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary and Associate Scientific Director of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Dr. McIntyre holds both a medical degree and master's degree in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. She is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  Dr. McIntyre's research uses both quantitative and qualitative means to address food insecurity and to advance policy that will reduce the problem at the population level.