Today (March 14), Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, issued the following statement related to grocery buying habits and COVID-19 in Ontario:
“The health and well-being of the people of Ontario is our government’s number one priority. Ontarians can be confident that our food supply is robust and that our distribution system will continue to operate and remain responsive to the needs of Ontarians. Rest assured, we have plenty of food that will continue to reach grocery stores on a regular basis.
Our food supply chain is one of the strongest in the world and our government remains committed to ensuring Ontarians can access healthy and nutritious Ontario-produced foods.
Please practice normal grocery buying habits and rest assured that our grocery production and supply chain will continue to provide Ontarians with the food we enjoy each and every day.”
Cross-border food trade with USA and rapidly falling gas price will lower the apportioned transportation cost per unit of food (raw or, processed) even in the falling loonie scenario in the food supply chain prevailing between Canada and USA .
Food supply chain across USA and Canada is the lifeline for Canada as well as for USA and unlike the food supply chain scenario between any countries in the world, it is particularly unique for Canada as well as for USA.