Here's Why Millions of Canadians are Worried About Canada's Food Industry
According to a survey by Abacus Data, nearly 9 in 10 Canadians are worried about rising food prices.
Abacus Data, commissioned by FCPC, conducted a survey to see if Canadians were worried about food prices before the upcoming federal election.
The survey was conducted using an online panel of 2,500 Canadian residents 18 and over. It has a margin-of-error of +/- 1.96 percent at the 95th confidence interval.
The survey shows that Canadians are worried regardless of their region, demographic group, and political party.
Additionally, the majority of Canadians think food prices will continue to rise if the next government does not strengthen Canada's food industry.
Abacus CEO David Coletto said that "affordability anxiety" is a defining issue in the upcoming federal election.
"Across every province, demographic group, and political tribe - Canadians are worried about keeping up with the cost of living. Food prices are an important part of that equation, and voters are looking to politicians for concrete solutions," says Coletto.
According to Abacus Data, the cost of feeding an average family of four will rise by up to $400 this year. FCPC also warns that grocery store consolidation and a challenging regulatory environment will decrease choice, raise prices, and inhibit innovation.
They also note that Canada's food industry is losing 12 jobs per day, every day, which is shown through the data from 2013 to 2018.
"Canadians expect the government to make affordable food a priority, and they will vote with rising grocery bills in mind. Canadians are counting on the government to help strengthen the food industry, so we can keep feeding Canadian families, buying Canadian crops, and creating Canadian jobs," says FCPC CEO Michael Graydon.
FCPC urges politicians to help Canada's food industry workers and the millions of Canadian families who rely on affordable, safe groceries every day.
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