Find out how much Canadian spend on grocery each month.
About three months ago, I posted an article on Average Monthly Grocery Bill. I was hoping people would comment on that article, sharing how much they spend on grocery with me and the readers. Sadly, people in Canada don’t like to share their thoughts, I suppose. 🙁 I know a lot of people come to my site for this info, but are unwilling to share. 🙁
So, I decided to find this information on my own, and certainly I found it. So should I share it here??? 😯
The data include average annual household expenses for all provinces & territories in Canada: Yukon (YT), British Columbia (BC), Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB), Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavut (NU), Ontario (ON), Québec (QC), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI), New Brunswick (NB), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).
The average annual food expense for family in Canada ranges $7500 to $9000 (monthly $625 to $750). 🙂 The statistics does not indicate how many people in each household, but my guess would be for a family of 2.5 persons. According to StatCan, the average number of persons per private household in year 2011 (the most recent data) is 2.5 persons. So, you can calculate the expense for families of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, so on. My monthly grocery bill for me alone (I’m single still) is around $200; however, I include personal care, some health care, and dining-out as part of my grocery expenses. So I guess I’m doing alright.
Example for the average Canadian:
$8109 ÷ 12months ÷ 2.5 persons = $270 per month per person
See how much Canadian pay for the government (tax) in relation to food/shelter!!!! 😯 😯 😯
National Average Annual Household Expenses Year 2014
|Total current consumption||57,717||51,638||52,114||51,736||50,664||61,660||61,730|
|Household furnishings & equipment||2,265||1,532||1,773||1,996||1,776||2,226||2,269|
|Reading materials & printed matter||118||235||151||140||134||123||213|
|Tobacco & alcoholic beverages||1,541||775||1,346||1,078||1,432||959||4,242|
|Games of chance (net amount)||219||284||n/a||202||150||134||299|
|Personal income taxes||13,622||10,867||12,394||10,703||13,005||15,526||17,499|
|Personal insurance payments and pension contributions||4,489||4,354||4,295||4,438||4,458||5,115||5,064|
|Gifts of money and contributions||1,511||1,499||1,698||1,772||1,090||2,105||2,703|
|Total current consumption||55,966||62,287||71,211||60,931||62,903||76,620||59,057|
|Household furnishings & equipment||2,108||2,112||2,359||1,987||2,477||2,735||2,067|
|Reading materials & printed matter||157||164||207||163||303||260||144|
|Tobacco & alcoholic beverages||1,192||1,663||1,637||1,103||2,077||3,033||1,222|
|Games of chance (net amount)||210||183||167||169||306||670||156|
|Personal income taxes||13,528||15,471||21.294||13,005||16,081||22,228||14,867|
|Personal insurance payments and pension contributions||4,875||5,298||5,928||4,263||5,814||6,385||4,871|
|Gifts of money and contributions||2,064||2,400||2,524||2,576||2,160||2,408||1,934|
- Income tax includes provincial health care insurance premium for data collected in year 2014.
- Food expenditures include both food purchased from stores and from restaurants combined!
- Transpotation includes both private and public transportations.
- The most recent household expenditure data for the three territories (NU, NWT, YT) were collected in year 2012. Caution should be used when comparing provincial and territorial data since the collection method was different in the territories and the collection year was also different.
Reference: Statistics Canada