Shoppers may have noticed their grocery bills rising more than last year.
Prices rose 10.8 per cent due to Statistics Canada.
Global News spoke to some consumers who said they have noticed price hikes in their food products.
“You can take out a mortgage on your house to buy groceries,” says shopper Ray Fayant.
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CHEP Good Food Inc. buys food locally and serves schools, seniors and community members experiencing poverty. For such groups, the effects on pricing and contracts make business tough.
“We have to constantly be creative in how we’re going to raise the funds for the acquisition,” said executive director Gord Androsoff.
Statistics Canada also found inflation rose faster last month than in any August since 1981.
Global News asked if consumers were surprised.
“This is unreal. You go and get some stuff and you’re broke,” Fayant said.
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Another consumer, Carol Hupelo, said she always uses points systems to save money on her groceries, but the rising prices are still a concern.
“Sometimes it’s like a shock when you go into the grocery store and you see how much has actually grown,” Hupalio said.
“I was a teenager in the ’80s and it was crazy back then, but I’ve noticed it’s gotten worse,” said Chris Lavallee, another shopper.
Dalhousie University asked 5,000 Canadians if they had changed their grocery shopping because of price, and many had.
The results showed that more than 30 percent were using loyalty points more often or changing their habits.
“We’re just swapping out our food and buying what’s on sale and doing what we can to save pennies,” Lavallee said.
More than 15 percent have started growing their own food and nearly 20 percent of Canadians visit discount stores.
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“You can see that Canadians are adopting new ways and they are clearly committed to a new strategy,” said Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University.
Charlebois said the number of Canadians struggling to put food on the table is alarming.
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