Adequate food not an option on social assistance

CBC News

Health Canada has developed a 69-item grocery list that it considers essential for a healthy diet. Because food costs vary from province to province, even from city to town to rural areas, calculating whether people on welfare can afford a healthy diet can be complicated. A CBC News investigation shows, in most provinces, the money comes up short.

CBC found only one province, Newfoundland and Labrador, provided 100 per cent of the cost of a healthy diet to people on social assistance.  Data could not be found for Quebec, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.

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