Health Equity

Having access to healthcare alone does not make someone healthy. Health is also affected by where we live, work, and play. Social factors like income, education, community support, and early childhood development affect health. These social factors are called the social determinants of health.

The Brant County Health Unit s committed to respecting the cultural diversity of all its residents. We strive to ensure that the services we provide are free from discrimination and are inclusive and reflective of the Brantford-Brant community.

Health Equity means that ALL members of the community have good opportunities to be healthy – regardless of their age, income level, gender, ethnic background, or any other social or economic reasons.

  • Compared to Ontario, there are higher proportions of individuals with no education or only high school diploma in Brant.
  • Brant and Ontario are similar for the proportions of people employed full-time and part- time. Within the region, the County of Brant has more full-time workers and less part-time workers compared to Brantford.
  • Unemployment rates are similar in Brant and Ontario. The County of Brant has a lower unemployment rate compared to Brantford (8.8% vs. 12.4%)
  • 13,540 (9.5%) residents in Brant have an income below the Low Income Measure After Tax (LIM-AT). This is lower than the rate in the province (10.1%). Overall, there are more low-income individuals residing in Brantford compared to the County.
  • 20.5% of Brant’s households spent 30% or more of their income on shelter costs.
  • 28% of the households in Brant fall below at least one of the thresholds for core housing.
Household food insecurity refers to when a household has inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.

Eating according to Canada’s food guide recommendations is not feasible when there is not adequate, consistent access to food. An individual can only begin making food choices that are right for them once food security is achieved. Food insecurity contributes to chronic disease risk in our community.

Food insecurity goes beyond poor nutritional status; it can have a serious impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Food insecure households are more vulnerable to chronic and infectious diseases, poor oral heath and chronic conditions like depression and anxiety disorders. Food insecurity is affecting people across Canada and right in our community.  Based on data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Income Survey (CIS), 15.9% of households in the ten provinces were food-insecure in 2021.

For more information on food insecurity visit:

PROOF (utoronto.ca)

Food Affordability in Brant

Each year, the Brant County Health Unit surveys the price of food items from local grocery stores. Using this data and a survey tool called the Nutritious Food Basket, we calculate the cost of healthy eating in Brantford and the County of Brant and compare it to income scenarios of different groups. This helps us understand how feasible it is for people with different sources of income to eat healthy in our community. Food costing tools can be used to raise awareness about the cost of healthy eating and to assist policy and decision makers to formulate sound health, nutrition, and social policies.

For the full report visit: Reports – Brant County Health Unit (bchu.org)