COVID-19, a changing Canadian food-security landscape, and food movements

Findings from a literature scan




Sustainable Food Systems, COVID-19, Pandemic, Canada, Food Security, Food Movements, Social Movements


This research brief presents results from a scan of peer-reviewed and grey literature published from March 2020 to the end of August 2021 looking at the impacts of COVID-19 on food security in Canada. The purpose of this literature scan is to look at how the national food-security landscape has shifted due to the pandemic and to analyze what these changes mean for civil society­–led food movements working on the ground to enhance food systems sustainability and equity. This brief presents key findings from the literature scan focus­ing on food-security policy, programming, and funding; food security for individuals, house­holds, and vulnerable populations; and food sys­tems. We then draw on our collective experi­ences as food scholars and activists to discuss the impli­cations of these findings for food movement organizing. Here, we focus on networks, policy advocacy, and local food systems as key considera­tions for food movements in a changing food-security landscape.


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Author Biographies

Kristen Lowitt, Queen’s University

Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies

Joyce Slater, University of Manitoba

Associate Professor, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

Zoe Davidson, Queen’s University

Graduate Student, School of Environmental Studies

Food Matters Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba



How to Cite

Lowitt, K., Slater, J., Davidson, Z., & Food Matters Manitoba. (2022). COVID-19, a changing Canadian food-security landscape, and food movements: Findings from a literature scan. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(3), 87–99.