Food Freedom Day falls a day earlier than 2020

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The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has determined that today — February 9, 2021 — is the day a Canadian household of average income will have earned enough to pay their entire year’s grocery bill. The annual event is known as “Food Freedom Day.”

Each year, CFA examines the proportion of income that Canadians spend on food as a way to explore year-over-year expenditure changes, while raising consumers’ understanding of Canada’s food system.

As food prices continue their trend of volatility, the date is rarely the same from year to year.

Last year, Food Freedom Day was one day later — February 10, 2020 — in a year where Canadians spent 10.9 per cent of disposable income on food. According to the CFA, Canadians spent 11 per cent of their disposable income on food in 2020. There was also a marked increase in per capita food and beverage expenditures to an estimated $4,091 per year.

Find a breakdown of the calculation, here.

Celebrate with fellow Canadians by following the hashtag #FoodFreedomDay on Twitter!

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