Inflation at the Grocery Store: Canadians’ Perspectives

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Inflation at the grocery store has been a growing concern for Canadians over the past couple of years. Prices of popular items have been on the rise, making it increasingly difficult for consumers to manage their grocery budgets. A recent national survey conducted by CTV’s Scott Hurst sheds light on Canadians’ thoughts and opinions on this issue.

What’s Behind the Rise in Prices?

When it comes to placing the blame for the high prices, Canadians are divided. However, there are a few key factors that stand out:

1. Global Inflation and Supply Chain Issues

The largest chunk of respondents, 27%, attribute the rising prices to global phenomena such as inflation and supply chain issues. These factors have had a significant impact on the cost of goods, including groceries.

2. Grocery Chains

Close behind, 26% of respondents believe that grocery chains are to blame for the increasing prices. These individuals suspect that grocery stores are looking to increase their profit margins by raising prices.

3. The Federal Government

23% of respondents place the blame on the federal government. They believe that the government should take more action to address the high cost of groceries and provide assistance to Canadians.

Interestingly, there are regional differences in perspectives. Quebec shoppers are more likely to attribute the high prices to supply chain issues, while Albertans tend to blame the federal government. Meanwhile, nearly a third of Atlantic shoppers also place the blame on the federal government.

Canadians’ Perception of Inflation

Despite some promising numbers from the Consumer Price Index, which showed a slower growth rate for grocery prices, Canadians still believe that inflation in groceries is getting worse. According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of respondents think that prices at the grocery store are still on the rise.

It is worth noting that the overall rate of inflation has slowed down, with a growth rate of 3.4% compared to nearly 5% in December. This slowdown is partially attributed to the downward pressure on the rate of inflation caused by the slower growth in food prices.

The Federal Grocery Rebate

In July of last year, the federal government introduced a grocery rebate program to help alleviate the high cost of groceries. However, opinions on its effectiveness are divided among Canadians:

  • Just over 50% of respondents felt that the rebate was not helpful.
  • 23% of respondents found the rebate to be helpful, particularly when it came to purchasing certain items in the grocery store.

Despite the mixed opinions on the federal grocery rebate, the survey highlights that Canadians remain deeply concerned about the high cost of groceries. The focus on finding discounts and deals continues as consumers strive to manage their grocery budgets effectively.

Looking Ahead

This survey, conducted by Le, gathered responses from over 1500 Canadians. It is important to note that the survey was conducted before the most recent Consumer Price Index was released. The next survey will provide insights into how Canadians’ perceptions may have shifted in response to the new data.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are grocery prices increasing?

A: There are multiple factors contributing to the increase in grocery prices, including global inflation, supply chain issues, and the profit margins of grocery chains.

Q: Is the federal government taking any action to address the high cost of groceries?

A: Canadians are divided on this issue. While some believe that the federal government should do more to assist with the high prices, others are less convinced of the government’s effectiveness in addressing this concern.

Q: Are there regional differences in Canadians’ perspectives on grocery prices?

A: Yes, the survey found that Quebec shoppers are more likely to attribute the high prices to supply chain issues, while Albertans tend to blame the federal government. Atlantic shoppers also place a significant portion of the blame on the federal government.


The high cost of groceries continues to be a pressing issue for Canadians. While there may be differing opinions on who is to blame, the majority of Canadians believe that more should be done to address this concern. As inflation persists, consumers will continue to prioritize finding discounts and deals in order to manage their grocery budgets effectively.

Indranil Ghosh

Indranil Ghosh

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