Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Five Principles for a New Nutritional Supplement Program

Five Principles for a New Nutritional Supplement Program

Five Principles for a New Nutritional Supplement Program


August 3, 2010


Access to nutritious food is essential for good health, especially for those facing the daunting realities of living with chronic health challenges with limited resources. When Ontario’s 2010 Budget was revealed on March 25, 2010, it stated that the Special Diet Allowance Program would be replaced with a new nutritional supplement program to be administered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care rather than the Ministry of Community and Social Services.


The 25 Network for Poverty Reduction, ODSP Action Coalition, and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario urge the provincial government to consider Five Principles for a New Nutritional Supplement Program. Explained in greater detail in the full document below, these principles may be viewed as guideposts for developing this essential program. These principles include having a clear policy objective; ensure genuine accessibility, adequacy, and equity; meeting the need with monetary support; fulfilling responsibilities for current recipients; and taking the time to get it right. In particular, the government must engage in a meaningful consultation process with key stakeholders including experts from the health and social sectors, advocates, municipalities, and people with lived experience.


Download a PDF version of Five Principles for a New Nutritional Program here.


Endorse the Five Principles for a New Nutritional Supplement (Organizations and Individual Endorsements welcome) at the 25 in 5 website


Take Action on the Five Principles: Send an email to the government, contact your MPP, tell or read about the impact of cuts to the Special Diet Allowance at




Toronto Public Health (2010)  Update on Proposed Changes to the Special Diet Allowance, June 22, 2010


Take Action at the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction


ODSP Action Coalition


Income Security Advocacy Centre  Special Diet Allowance Resources


Health Providers Against Poverty


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