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Why Fast Food Is Expensive In Canada?

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Why Fast Food Is Expensive In Canada?

i came from philippines, i noticed that the price of fast food here is double than the price back in philippines? any explanation?
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I think the UShas more competition. I'm glad our fat food is more expensive. Keeps our population slimmer.
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supercanadian1 wrote:
Oct 6th, 2013 10:52 am
I think the UShas more competition. I'm glad our fat food is more expensive. Keeps our population slimmer.
+1 :)

But i think one of the main reason is that the standard of food is different and more strict. It cost more to grow food with more control on the method; less pesticides, less chemicals, more inspections, less biotech seeds, less time for growth with the short seasons, less subsidies and lobby for the companies behind fast food.
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Labour costs at mcdonalds there is 7-8x cheaper and serving sizes are a bit smaller.
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real meat is used in Canada vs who knows what they used there :D
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Philipines probably has cheaper labour cost both in the restaurant and in terms of producing raw materials versus Canada.

Checking Wikipedia, the Philippines minimum wage tops out at 456 pesos per day (CAD$ 10.85 per DAY,) while the Canadian minimum wage is considerably higher.
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Filipinos probably get screwed if you compare the prices to their wages. So if they make $10.85 a day how much is a Big Mac combo ?
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Standard of living= taxes. Taxes are always cascaded to customers which means we pay double or higher than the cost of goods produced.
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booblehead wrote:
Oct 6th, 2013 11:49 am
real meat is used in Canada vs who knows what they used there :D
Might be real meat, but that burger patty has sure gotten smaller in the past few years, especially at Rotten Ronnies.
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u srs? higher wages, better quality control, no using sub par(spoiled) meat to save $$$ taxes, businesses tend to pay a lot of taxes in canada, personal taxes are a joke
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It's expensive for the very reason why you came to Canada: to get a better job that pays more money then what you would earn in Manilla.
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generally the food is higher quality. (canada has stricter food laws than other countrys). i know most of mcdonalds come from canadian farmers, candian beef, potatoes, etc.
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The wage standard is different, as well as currency conversion. Here's an example:

Ontario minimum wage: 10.25
Big Mac meal: $7.49(?)+tax = $8.46
You literally don't even have enough money to take the bus home...

Whereas if you take your 10.25, convert it to Hong Kong Dollars...you get $77.03HKD
Big mac meal in Hong Kong: $21HKD
You can literally feed yourself from breakfast, lunch, AND dinner, and you would still have enough money to take the bus or subway back home with change.
Too bad Hong Kong's minimum wage isn't $77/hr...it's more like $30/hr which is an equivalent of $4 CAD/hr.
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Higher standard of Living in Canada.

I heard Gin is pretty cheap back in the Phillipines too.

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