RICARDO’s Great Canadian Survey in collaboration with Leger Marketing

RICARDO’s Great Canadian Survey
in collaboration with Leger Marketing



Ricardo magazine teamed up with Leger Marketing to complete this 2015 online survey among a random sample of Canadians and Ricardo magazine readers. The study was conducted between October 21 and November 2, 2015, with 3,152 Canadians. Using census statistics from Statistics Canada, results were weighted according to gender, age, regions, household income, education, the presence of children in the household, the age of the children, and the language spoken at home, in order to obtain a representative sample of the entire adult population in Canada.

Meet the experts

To delve deeper into our survey, these five experts offer their insights into some of the more surprising results.

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Anita Stewart

Member of the Order of Canada, University of Guelph Food Laureate, author and Food Day Canada founder

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David Suzuki

Co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster

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Jean-Pierre Lemasson

Food sociologist, author and former associate professor at Université du Québec à Montréal

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Brigitte Coutu

Trained nutritionist, president and co-founder of RICARDO Media

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Ricardo Larrivée

Celebrity chef, television host and co-founder of RICARDO Media


72% of Canadians eat breakfast just about every morning.
22% of Canadians say pasta is the dish they eat most as a family.
14% of Canadians surf the web while at the dinner table.
60% of Canadians learned to cook with their mothers.
12% of Canadians set a budget before going to the grocery store.
62% of Canadians consult grocery store flyers.
76% of Canadians use a slow cooker.
27% of Canadians grow their own vegetables.
51% of Canadians order takeout at least once a week.
56% of Canadians look at the nutritionals facts label when shopping.
31% of Canadians drink wine at least once a week.
43% of Canadians make their own preserves.

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