The Cost of Eating in British Columbia

On February 28, 2012, Dietitians of Canada, BC Region released the report The Cost of Eating in BC 2011.

Dietitians publish the report to bring attention to the fact that many British Columbians don’t have enough money to buy healthy food.

And, it’s not getting any better.

Shelter and food costs have risen significantly over the past decade. However, income assistance rates (commonly called ‘welfare’) have remained virtually unchanged. And even when earning more than the new minimum wage, families have barely anything left for other necessities after paying for both shelter and healthy food.

It is well documented that income is closely tied to health. Low-income Canadians are more likely to report poor health and die earlier than Canadians with higher incomes. They spend less on food and eat fewer servings of vegetables, fruit and milk and are less likely to get the nutrients they need for good health.

There are too many people living in poverty in BC and too many people lined up at food banks. Poverty in our communities negatively impacts us all. Read the 2011 Cost of Eating in BC Report to find out what you can do to help your fellow British Columbians afford to eat healthfully.

The 2011 Cost of Eating in British Columbia is endorsed by: ACORN Canada, BC Association of Social Workers, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, BC Food Systems Network, BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), BC Healthy Living Alliance, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, Canada Without Poverty, Canadian Cancer Society of BC and Yukon, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC Office, Canadian Diabetes Association - Western Canada, Farm Folk City Folk, First Call, BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, Health Officers Council of BC, Heart and Stroke Foundation BC & Yukon, Public Health Association of BC, Raise the Rates, The Coalition of Child Care Advocated of BC (CCCABC), United Way of the Lower Mainland, Vibrant Abbotsford.