Last Thursday, members of Voices for Change Halton held an information picket in front of No Frills in beautiful downtown Burlington, Ontario. Passersby were given material from the Put Food in the Budget Campaign.

Loblaws was chosen because 80 percent of Canadians shop at their grocery stores. Despite being very profitable, these stores are well known for paying employees low wages. Loblaws cashiers are paid as little as $11 an hour.

This means that even if they manage to work 35 hours per week for a full year – most employees are part-time – their annual income would be $20,020 before taxes. The poverty line in Ontario is $19,930 for a single adult and $28,185 for a lone parent with a child under six years of age.