Major chains like Real Canadian Superstore and Walmart offer delivery services in many parts of Canada, while local, independent stores in cities like Toronto and Vancouver have drop-off services for shoppers, too.
Due to high demand, however, some customers can expect to experience longer than usual wait times; in some cases, days. Many stores have also seen a significant increase in store traffic as people have been “panic shopping” — something experts urge against.
If you are in need of groceries and want to have them delivered, here are some options across Canada.
Online national services
Instacart delivers groceries from local stores in cities across the country in provinces including Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and B.C. (Check delivery options in your region.)
Stores available through Instacart include Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Valu-Mart.
PC Express offers home delivery and pickup options at grocery stores across Canada, including Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Fortinos, Independent, Zehrs, Valu-Mart and Citymarket. Check your area for availability.
Inabuggy operates in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal.
Depending on your location, Inabuggy offers one-hour delivery from retailers including Organic Garage, Safeway, Rowe Farms, Healthy Planet and IGA.
Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal Walmart locations offer grocery delivery and pickup services.
National chain Costco offers delivery in cities across Canada and some regions qualify for two-day turnaround. Costco services provinces including Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C., Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.
Longo’s allows shoppers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to order groceries online through Grocery Gateway, which also delivers to areas including Oshawa, Stouffville, Milton, Cambridge, Waterloo, Guelph and Hamilton.
In London, Grocerocity offers grocery delivery services for residents living in apartment buildings.
Save-On-Foods has pickup options and delivers to shoppers in different parts of Alberta, including Edmonton, Airdrie West and Red Deer.
SPUD.ca delivers local and organic groceries in Edmonton and Calgary.
In Calgary, Cultivatr delivers farm-fresh groceries from local producers, including meat, dairy and produce. Orders placed online come a few days later.
Family-owned The Grocery Link delivers groceries from stores including Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart, Wholesale Club, Loblaws City Market and Save on Foods to residents in the Calgary area.
Save-On-Foods offers delivery and pickup options in B.C. cities including Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Nanaimo, Surrey and Vancouver.
Larry’s Market, a vegetarian store, in North Vancouver also offers delivery in the city.
Stong’s Market offers daily grocery delivery to Vancouver and North Vancouver and weekly delivery to Bowen Island. The store notes, however, that it is experiencing higher-than-usual demand, meaning delivery times may vary.
Thrifty Foods offers in-store shopping deliveries in select locations, as well as online shopping store pickups. Online shopping delivery is available in some areas, but check online or call for availability.
In Whistler, Nesters Market and Wellness Centre Whistler is offering free delivery to those over 60, people in self-isolation and those with compromised immune systems.
L’Autre Choix Mini Marche in Montreal allows shoppers to order online and pick up at store.
Couryah is a grocery and restaurant delivery service that drops off items in Halifax, Herring Cove, Bedford, Lower Sackville and Timberlea.
Grocery chain Save-On-Foods has locations in Winnipeg that offer pickup and delivery.
In Winnipeg, Dakota Family Foods offers grocery delivery and if you order before 12 p.m., you may qualify for same-day service.
Cantor’s Meats delivers meats as well as fresh groceries in Winnipeg.
Instacart offers delivery services in Winnipeg and Brandon from stores including Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore.
Local company Charlottetown Express Delivery offers grocery services as well as takeout food delivery.
Instacart operates in P.E.I. as well and offers groceries from M&M Food Market, Walmart and Atlantic Superstore.
Instacart operates in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John.
Your Independent Grocery uses PC Express for store pickup in Sackville.
Several Save-On-Foods locations across Saskatchewan offer grocery pickup services.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Instacart also operates in St. John’s.
In Whitehorse, shoppers can order groceries for pickup from Save-On-Foods.
Your Independent Grocer locations in Yellowknife offer grocery pickup.
The Northern Shopper ships produce, meats, bakery items and household items to customers in the Baffin region.
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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.
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