Online Guide for Newcomers to Prince Edward Island, Canada

Buying Food

Here are some important things for you to know about buying food in stores which sell food and food products in PEI:

  • There is no sales tax on basic food items like milk or bread. Some food items that do have tax charged on them are: candy, carbonated soft drinks (pop), prepared food (take-out), or food in a restaurant.
  • Convenience stores or 'corner stores' sell a variety of food products. They are open late and may be close to home, but their prices are usually higher than in larger food stores.
  • Larger supermarkets or grocery stores, like the Atlantic Super Store, Sobey's, Clover Farm, Co-op Foods, IGA, Price Choppers, and Save Easy, sell some international or 'ethnic' food products.
  • There is no bargaining when buying food in a grocery store.
  • Alcohol and tobacco products are not sold in grocery stores in PEI.
  • Many communities have farmers markets and special stores that sell locally produced foods. Most of these food products are fresh and seasonal.
Charlottetown Farmers Market on Belvedere Avenue is a very lively place on Saturday mornings, year-round. Farmers and other vendors offer fresh local produce, meat and meat products, cooked meals, flowers, arts and crafts, and more. People come not only to buy groceries, but also to eat a fresh meal and socialize. The Market is also open on Wednesdays from July to mid-October.

Making Healthy Food Choices

Eating a balanced variety of foods is one of the best ways to protect and promote good health. Selecting nutritious and healthy food is important when buying groceries.

Health Canada has developed and made available numerous guides and other resources on this topic. These resources can help you establish a healthy diet, understand standardized Canadian nutrition labels, learn about food safety, and more. [See Related Resources]

Stores Offering International Food Products

Larger grocery stores usually carry some international food products. There are also specialized food stores and convenience stores offering products from specific world regions or countries, like Chinese or Middle Eastern.

Ask your fellow immigrants, or Settlement Workers at the Association for Newcomers — they may know if there is a nearby store carrying food from your country or region.

We have made every effort to ensure that the information in this Guide is accurate and up-to-date. If you find of any errors or omissions, please contact us.