School Nutrition Programs in Canada

08 Sep 2023

In Canada, access to school nutrition programs plays a vital role in supporting the health and well-being of students across the country. These programs aim to ensure that children and youth have access to nutritious meals and snacks during their school day, with the ultimate goal of improving their overall health, academic performance, and long-term development.

Access to school nutrition programs in Canada can vary depending on the province or territory, as education is a provincial responsibility. In some regions, such as Ontario and British Columbia, universal programs exist, providing all students with access to healthy meals or snacks regardless of their socio-economic background. These programs are typically funded and operated by school boards or local governments.

However, in other provinces and territories, the availability of school nutrition programs may be more limited, with a focus on serving vulnerable populations, such as low-income families or Indigenous communities. These targeted programs often receive support from various government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community partnerships.

Despite the regional differences, there is a growing recognition of the importance of school nutrition programs in Canada, not only for addressing food insecurity but also for promoting a culture of healthy eating and teaching students about nutrition. Efforts are being made at both the federal and provincial levels to expand and improve access to these programs, ensuring that all Canadian children have the opportunity to access nutritious meals that contribute to their overall well-being and success in school.

Will you join us in supporting these very important programs across Canada by contributing to our Kids of Steel Endowment Fund? Each year, all contributions and interest earned will be donated to a school nutrition program in the region the funds were raised. Visit for more information about our fund and the Steel Plus Store to contribute! Thank you!

Colleen Doucette, President, Steel Plus Network