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Grocery store closures loom amid labour, product shortages

Grocery stores are struggling with rising labour and product shortages that experts warn could threaten Canada's food security. Gary Sands, senior vice-president of public policy with the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, says employee absenteeism due to COVID-19 protocols has hit about 30 per cent across Canada, and rising.

A customer shops at a meat counter in a grocery store in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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Grocery store closures loom amid labour, product shortages

Grocery stores are struggling with rising labour and product shortages that experts warn could threaten Canada's food security. Gary Sands, senior vice-president of public policy with the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, says employee absenteeism due to COVID-19 protocols has hit about 30 per cent across Canada, and rising.

A customer shops at a meat counter in a grocery store in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson