Nine out of ten Canadians are worried about rising foods prices and a majority say food prices will continue to rise if the next government doesn’t strengthen Canada’s food industry, according to a survey conducted by Abacus Data and commissioned by Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC).
The cost of feeding a family of four is expected to rise by up to $400 this year. Amongst other factors increasing grocery bills, FCPC warned in April that grocery store consolidation and a challenging regulatory environment decrease choice, raise prices, and inhibit innovation. Canada’s food industry lost 12 jobs per day, every day, from 2013 to 2018.
FCPC CEO Michael Graydon said the new Abacus poll sends a crystal clear message to politicians. “Canadians expect the government to make affordable food a priority, and they will vote with rising grocery bills in mind.
“Food is fundamental to Canada’s future,” Graydon continued. “Canadians are counting on government to help strengthen the food industry, so we can keep feeding Canadian families, buying Canadian crops, and creating Canadian jobs.”