Rising food prices are causing Canadians to eat less, stockpile food: poll

Canadians are stockpiling food and changing their eating and buying habits in response to rising food prices amid inflation soaring, according to a new poll.

More than 1,000 Canadians surveyed were asked if they had taken any steps to reduce their food spending in the past 30 days. She, the majority of Canadians surveyed, said 61% said they bought cheaper food, and 25% reported stockpiling food. 17% of respondents said they ate less.

The study, published November 10, was commissioned by CTV News and was conducted by Nanos Research between October 30 and November 4 by telephone and an online survey of randomized Canadians. I was.

29% of respondents say they haven’t changed their shopping or eating habits. 6% report using coupons to save money or make purchases based on sales.

1% of those surveyed reported using food banks, buying less food, wasting less food, using stored food, gardening, hunting, or gathering food. Reported.

Women were more likely to buy cheaper food to cope with higher prices, about 64%, and only 23% said they hadn’t changed their eating habits. Thirty-four percent of the male girlfriends said nothing had changed, and 57% of the men said they spent less on food.

17% of both men and women said they ate less in the last month.

Young Canadians spend less

There were some discrepancies in the findings among various demographics.

Young Canadians aged 18-34 were most likely to say they spent less on food, with 70% doing so. Only about half of people over the age of 55 said they buy cheaper food.

65% of middle-aged Canadians aged 35-54 said they changed their grocery purchases to save money.

Regional differences also appeared in the polls.

Residents of BC reported the least food stockpiles, at 21%, while Quebec residents reported the most stockpiles, at 33%. Atlantic Canada followed closely behind, reporting that 29% of her surveyed stockpiled food. In addition, more than one in five of her Maritime respondents reported eating less.

Marnie Cathcart


Marnie Cathcart is a reporter based in Edmonton.