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Living Environments


The Observatory carries out research in various environments in order to characterize and monitor the quality of the food supply over time in these environments.


Environmental overview of the measuring instruments used to assess the food supply in different living environments in Quebec (2005-2015)

The Observatory wishes to develop a common strategy and tools to assess and monitor the food supply. In 2015, no study was dedicated to the identification of the measurement tools used in Quebec. The objective of this study was to identify and analyze the measurement tools used in Quebec between 2005 and 2015 to describe the food supply in different living environments.

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Characterization of the food environment in the neighbourhoods surrounding the Grand Marché de Québec at its opening: Pilot Project

In the context of the establishment of the Grand Marché de Québec, this pilot project was carried out in the summer of 2019 in the Cité-Limoilou neighbourhood, which is recognized as a deprived environment in the City of Quebec. The general objective of this project is to create a first portrait of the food environment (geographical accessibility and quality of food supply) in the food retailers of neighbourhoods surrounding the Grand Marché de Québec at the time of its opening.

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Characterization of the institutional food supply

As part of the Politique Gouvernementale de Prévention en Santé (PGPS), the Observatory was selected to contribute to the achievement of Measure 3.2, which aims at improving the nutritional quality of food in Quebec. More specifically, the mandate given by the Government of Quebec to the Observatory as part of this project was to carry out, in parallel with the sectoral studies, a study of the existing tools used to assess the food supply quality in public environments, starting with Health Care Institutions. The objective of this research project was to identify measurement tools that could be used for the assessment and monitoring of the food supply’s quality in Health Care Institutions, in collaboration with the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions.

Results will soon be published.

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