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CFMS National Day of Action 2023 – Food Insecurity
November 02, 2023

OTTAWA, ON – Food insecurity in Canada affects over 6 million Canadians, posing a complex challenge with wide-reaching social, economic, and health implications. Characterized by inadequate or insecure access to food, it’s more than just empty stomachs—it’s a pressing issue demanding our attention.

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is pleased to announce the annual National Day of Action (NDoA) 2023, a hybrid event uniting medical students nationwide to advocate for strategies addressing Food Insecurity from November 4th-6th, 2023. Each year, Canadian medical students gather in Ottawa to engage with Members of Parliament, Senators, and provincial Members of the Legislative Assembly/Members of Provincial Parliament.

Socioeconomic factors like low income, unemployment, inadequate social assistance, and high housing costs elevate the risk of food insecurity, with Indigenous peoples and racialized communities bearing a disproportionate burden due to systemic barriers and discrimination. The consequences of food insecurity ripple through society, leading to increased rates of chronic physical and mental health conditions, impacting community participation, and straining the healthcare system. It’s not just a personal struggle; it’s a societal challenge demanding collective action.

Research has unveiled effective policy interventions, such as federal and provincial child benefits, social assistance, and transitioning households to stable income support programs like public pensions and universal basic income, have shown promise in reducing food insecurity.

With these strategies in mind, the CFMS advocates for a new approach to address food insecurity in Canada. Our political asks are as follows:

Food insecurity is a shared responsibility that necessitates attention and action. The CFMS calls on the government to tackle the root causes of food insecurity and make nutritious food accessible for all Canadians. Let’s collaborate to build a more equitable and food-secure Canada, prioritizing the well-being of our citizens and society.



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Chaten Jessel

Director of Government Affairs

Canadian Federation of Medical Students

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Helen Jin


Canadian Federation of Medical Students

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Alex Pham

Communications Coordinator

Canadian Federation of Medical Students

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About the Canadian Federation of Medical Students:

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students is the national voice of Canadian Medical Students. We connect, support, and represent our membership as they learn to serve patients and society. The CFMS represents over 9 000 medical students from fifteen Canadian medical student societies from coast to coast.

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