School supplies are not immune to inflation, say parents

With the start of the new school year approaching, many parents feel that they are spending more money this year on school supplies for their children, compared to previous years.

It is clear that this year, it will be quite a challenge for many families to be able to buy supplies for their children. thinks Emmanuel Bois, who lives in Milton, Ontario.

The father of two says that with inflation at 7.6%, it is certain that the cost of school supplies will be higher this year compared to previous years.

Recently, my wife went shopping for the children. It is sure and certain that we feel an increase. »

A quote from Emmanuel Bois, Milton resident family man

Konul Qurbanova, mother of two children, one of whom attends secondary school, expresses the same concern. I always used to go buy [notamment] at Walmart, but this year I can see the price increase she says.

School supplies are displayed in a Toronto big box store.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Evan Mitsui

Ms. Qurbanova adds that she is not just worried about the price of notebooks, schoolbags and uniforms. It’s not just school supplies. There are also computers that we have to buy, the calculator, everything has increased she mentions.

A more difficult situation for poor families

A seated woman stares at the camera.

One of Nazila Isgandarova’s four children is in secondary school.

Photo: Radio-Canada

Nazila Isgandarova advocates for low-income families. Inflation has already caused food insecurity, and large and low-income families are already suffering she says.

I think for low-income families, the situation will be more difficult this year. »

A quote from Nazila Isgandarova

Families living in poverty struggle to pay their rent and feed their children. How will they focus on school supplies? asks Theresa Pastore, Managing Director of Parents Engaged in Education.

A customer looks at shoes in a Toronto mall.

In addition to school supplies, parents often have to buy shoes and clothes for their children as the start of the new school year approaches.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Evan Mitsui

The Toronto organization has a school bank that provides free supplies to low-income families. These are the people most affected by inflation and we receive requests every daysays Ms. Pastore.

The question for all […]this is how to deal with this increase when you consider that wages have not increasedasks Emmanuel Bois.

The increase in prices in the country remains higher than that of wages, which jumped 5.2% in July, compared to the same period in 2021.

Compromise with his children

In search of solutions, Emmanuel Bois suggests juggle everything and hope a compromise with his children.

You have to race for discounts or even look at what was left of last year’s supplies, which can still be used, especially at the level of papers and pencils. »

A quote from Emmanuel Bois

He also thinks that governments can eliminate certain taxes, especially those on school supplies.

The general manager of Parents Engaged in Education suggests that education should no longer be the preserve of the provincial government.

When we contact the federal government, they simply tell us that education is a provincial matter. The Municipality says the same thing. We need all three levels of government to uniteshe hopes.

Responding to parents’ concerns, Walmart communications manager Stephanie Fusco said: To help our customers through this period of inflation, we have introduced a special 10% discount for educators to thank them.

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