Food Deserts and Priority Neighbourhoods in Toronto


While the benefits of a healthy diet on an individual’s quality of life and general health are becoming widely recognized, basic access to quality and affordable food remains a challenge for a growing number of communities. Neighbourhoods that do not have access to good quality and affordable food are labeled as “Food Deserts”. These neighbourhoods are often considered to be socially-distressed, characterized by low average household incomes. If policy makers wish to improve the health, productivity and general prosperity of communities within their jurisdictions, addressing the existence of food deserts is an important first step forward.


Martin Prosperity Institute. “Food Deserts and Priority Neighbourhoods in Toronto” Martin Prosperity Institute Insights. Toronto, ON: Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, June 15, 2010.


Food Deserts and Priority Neighbourhoods in Toronto