Opinion polls show that nearly 60% of Canadians are adversely affected by rising food costs amid high inflation

A new study found that as Canada’s annual inflation reaches its highest level in 30 years, more and more Canadians are having difficulty getting food to the table.

Angus Reed Institute vote, 3 out of 5 Canadians (57%) say it’s “difficult” to feed their households, according to an online survey conducted between January 7th and January 12th. ..

In addition, two in five Canadians (39%) say they are financially worse than last year. This is the highest number of Canadians who have reported this since 2010, according to a previous Angus Reed survey.

In contrast, 44% of respondents said they were able to maintain financial well-being in 2021, the lowest number of people who have reported this since 2010. In 2020

Opinion polls suggest that Canada’s high inflation rate of 30 years is the factor behind the struggle for many households to become self-reliant.

Statistics Canada Data Consumer price index Shows a 4.8% year-on-year increase in all items. This only exceeded the record 5.5% increase in September 1991.

National statistical agencies also reported an increase Average retail price of food Year-on-year. For example, the price of cooking and salad oil increased by 41.4% from $ 3.04 per liter in December 2020 to $ 4.30 per liter in December 2021.

Regular unleaded gasoline for self-service stations increased 34% from $ 104.40 per liter in December 2020 to $ 1.40 per liter in December 2021.

The survey also reveals that four in five Canadians say that the increase in living expenses outweighs the increase in household income.

To better understand how financial stress affects Canadians, Angus Reed Economic stress index Analyze variables such as debt, housing costs, and household food spending. This index classifies Canadians into four groups based on their level of financial stress. Prosperity (24%), comfort (24%), discomfort (25%), hardship (27%).

For the “hard” quartile, a staggering 98% say they are facing the challenge of feeding their homes. Of these, 60% say it is difficult and 38% say it is very difficult. Even for those who fall into the “unpleasant” quartile, this task is difficult, and 80% of all find it more difficult to put food on the table.

Opinion polls show that the “suffering” population is not evenly distributed throughout Canada,At least one in three Canadians in all regions of the country said it was worse than last year: Alberta (49%), Saskatchewan (47%), and Newfoundland and Labrador (47%). %) Is the most common. The smallest percentage in Quebec (33 percent).

“The struggle has little hope first,” polls conclude, with many respondents saying that the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic made things financially worse for them.

Angus Reed randomly surveyed 5,002 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reed Forum. In this study, 19 out of 20 times have a margin of error of +/- 2.0 percentage points.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.