Food distribution prof. says federal carbon tax will drive up cost of food

A university professor says the federal carbon tax will drive up the cost of food by about three per cent over five years.

Sylvain Charlebois, professor of food distribution at Dalhousie University, says some products will be more affected than others.

Charlebois says imported foods will likely cost more, which would be an advantage to local producers.

He says that is because it costs more to transport imported foods.

The federal carbon tax came into effect on Monday in provinces that didn't have their own programs, including Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick.