FoodSpend offers valuable insights on what Canadian households are buying from grocery stores and restaurants. This database provides current estimates of annual expenditures for approximately 300 variables of food-related purchases and is produced with household income data from DemoStats and is based on Statistics Canada’s Food Expenditure Survey. Users can gain valuable insights on what Canadian households are buying from grocery stores and restaurants—everything from specific vegetables, meat and fish products to meal types like lunches and dinners. Users can analyze potential expenditures by both average dollars per household and total dollars spent for any geographic level— from all of Canada to small custom-defined trade areas—regardless of where the consumer made the purchase.

The 2022 vintage of FoodSpend incorporates the latest available source data from Statistics Canadas Survey of Household Spending (SHS). As a result of this update, FoodSpend 2022 will have some changes to the variables list because of Statistics Canadas changes to the SHS questionnaire. In addition to the changes in the questionnaire and the survey methodology, we have made enhancements to our modeling approach to accommodate these changes to the source data. As a result, this vintage of FoodSpend is not directly comparable to prior vintages. To see a complete list of these changes, please refer to the Variable Change List found below.

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Following the video, there are some additional resources linked for your reference: release notes, variable lists, metadata, and technical document.

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Additional Resources

FoodSpend Release Notes
FoodSpend Variable List
FoodSpend Variable Change List
FoodSpend Metadata
FoodSpend and HouseholdSpend Technical Document

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