Food bank use on the rise in Canada, with 'drastic' surges in Nova Scotia, territories

Food Banks Canada calls for national basic income to combat growing hunger problem 

CBC News

Food bank use in Canada is on the rise, and some provinces and territories have seen "drastic" surges in use since last year, a new report says.

In March 2016, 863,492 people received food from a food bank in Canada, up 1.3 per cent from the same time last year, and 28 per cent from March 2008, according to the Hunger Count 2016 report from Food Banks Canada.

Every province had an increase except Ontario and Manitoba, and some saw double-digit spikes.

The territories had the biggest spike, with a 24.9 per cent rise in food bank use. The increases for the provinces were as follows:

  • Nova Scotia, 20.9 per cent. 
  • Alberta, 17.6 per cent. 
  • Saskatchewan, 17.5 per cent. 
  • P.E.I., 6.9 per cent. 
  • Quebec, 5.3 per cent.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador, 5.3 per cent
  • New Brunswick, 4.1 per cent.

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