Social distancing? These are the top food delivery services in Canada

Alyssa Tria
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As Canadians continue to remain indoors and comply with social distancing and self-isolation guidelines, more and more people are relying on grocery delivery services. Not only do they offer convenient, time-saving solutions for families juggling both home and work responsibilities, but they also offer a surefire way for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions to receive the essentials they need without stepping into a physical store.

Most delivery services operate through online ordering systems, where customers can select the food and other home necessities they need and schedule the time and day of delivery — ranging from same-day to regular weekly or monthly subscriptions (often depending on the company you chose). But due to the current high demand for supplies, customers should expect to experience longer than usual wait times.

When shopping online, experts urge against panic shopping and to purchase supplies that will last up to two weeks.

“It is easier on the supply chain if people gradually build up their household stores instead of making large-scale purchases all at once. To do this, you can add a few extra items to your grocery cart every time you shop,” reads a statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

“Your plan should include shopping for supplies that you should have on hand at all times.”

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If you are in need of groceries and want to have them delivered, here are some reliable options across Canada.

Grocery delivery services

Instacart

Find thousands of fresh produce and products from the stores you shop at and your personal shopper will select your items based on your preferences. Enjoy the convenience of scheduled deliveries in as little as one hour. Instacart offers its services across Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon.

PC Express

Shop through select grocery stores across the country including, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Fortinos, Independent, Zehrs, Valu-Mart and Citymarket, online and choose when and where you want to pick up your order. Choose to pick up your orders at your front-door, in-store, at a transit pick up stop, at a self serve pick-up location or at a range of pickup locations from trucks to lockers in your local area.

Costco

Skip the hassle of lining in-store and still enjoy Costo’s exclusive savings with the chain’s two-day delivery services in select cities across Canada, including Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C., Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec. If you purchase more than $75 worth of items, your delivery surcharge is waived, saving you even more money.

Walmart

Walmart Grocery delivery allows customers to select a delivery window and have their groceries delivered right to their door for the small fee of $10, while Grocery Pickup fees range from $3 to $5. Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal Walmart locations offer grocery delivery and pickup services.

Prep-at-home meal delivery services

Chefs Plate

Skip the frustration of grocery shopping and meal prepping by getting fresh ingredients delivered to your door with and everything you need to get lunch and dinner done with weekly menus and easy-to-follow recipes. Recipes include everything from single 15-minute meals to classic, no-fail dishes your whole family will enjoy. Chefs Plate delivers to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Hello Fresh

Dubbed as Canada’s no.1 meal kit, Hello Fresh offers seasonal recipes, highlighting fresh ingredients at the peak of their flavour and ripeness by helping you skip frequent trips to the store and get everything you need for user-friendly home cooking delivered to your door.

GoodFood

Choose from a variety of healthy, delicious meals each week that accommodate your dietary preferences. Ingredients are packaged in temperature-conditioned boxes, so produce, meats and ingredients stay fresh throughout delivery. Services are available in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Maritimes.

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