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food prices fluctuate across the country


Kitchener has some of the lowest prices in the country for certain healthy foods, says an annual report by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The report on the health of Canadians reveals large inconsistencies in the price and accessibility of healthy foods across Canada.

The report relies on a national poll conducted by the foundation, plus the findings of volunteer shoppers in 66 communities nationwide who purchased a list of foods based on Health Canada's National Nutritious Food Basket.

Among the discrepancies were:

A 2.7 kilogram bag of potatoes cost a high of $8.19 in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, $1.50 in Toronto and $3.49 in Kitchener. The average high price was $6.22 and the average low was $2.68.

A one kilogram bag of brown rice cost a high of $11.99 in Rankin Inlet, $7.99 in Calgary and $2.43 in Kitchener. The average high price was $8.69 and the average low price was $2.38.

For four litres of one per cent milk, the top prices range from $7.23 in Halifax to $11.89 in Rankin Inlet. Kitchener was third lowest at $3.97.

Even communities within the same province reported discrepancies. For example, one kilogram of peanut butter cost $3.99 in Kitchener, versus $7.58 in St Catharines.

The foundation found that almost one quarter of Canadians occasionally went without lean meat and poultry and one in five didn't buy fruit and vegetables because of the cost.

The foundation survey also found that 86 per cent of Canadians recommend governments regulate the cost of nutritious foods so they are equally affordable in all areas of Canada.


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