• “Food deserts” are neighbourhoods where residents have little or no access to
healthy and affordable foods.
• Factors contributing to the formation of food deserts include resident income,
age, and access to transportation, with low-income Canadians, seniors, and
single parents being affected most commonly by lack of access to nutritious food.
• A lack of nutritious food is associated with increased risk of diabetes and poorer
mental and physical health.
• The impact of food deserts could be reduced by improved urban planning and
development, and policies and programs that address affordable housing and