Montreal has been hit by a freezing snowtorm, and if you're anything like me you've been avoiding the outdoors at all costs in the last few days, shunning even the most basic errands, like grocery runs. Trekking through the pothole-ridden, snow-ladden streets in -20 degree weather is never fun, but it's an especially draining task if you have to drag heavy bags on your shoulders. If you're too broke for UberEats but you don't want to eat plain pasta for the third day in a row, consider online grocery shopping.
This service is fairly recent, but it's growing fast, with more and more groceries adding online deliveries to their repertoire of services. Today, only about 2% of Canadians order their groceries online. There are certain drawbacks to this, as some people are reluctant to allow someone else to pick their produce. Older generations in particular prefer to walk the aisles themselves, picking up articles they may have forgotten to put down in a list.
TL;DR Online deliveries are gaining traction with Montrealers. Below is a list of five companies that deliver groceries right to your doorstep.
Delivery fee: FREE!
The classic bulk store is expanding away from being purely brick-and-mortar, and their online store has been steadily expanding. Montrealers can now order their favourite cheap groceries straight from their website, and have them delivered for FREE with orders over $50.
IGA has recently added their online delivery service, though you have to order a minimum of $45 worth of groceries. They have a wide range of fresh produce to choose from. Delivery fees depend on the distance between your address and the closest store, and range from $0 to about $10, in addition to a $4 assembly fee.
Provigo also has a limited range for online deliveries. In the delivery form, you can put in special instructions, which means that even your pickiest demands (like "green bananas only!" or "no dented cans") can be met. The store uses Instacart, which charges 7.5% of the purchase, and the store charges a small additional fee for delivery, depending on delivery size and distance.
Delivery Fee: $5.99, with possible extra charges depending on delivery window
Maxi is Provigo's cheaper counterpart, both owned by Loblaw Food Companies. Their website has a list of postal codes where delivery has started. They offer delivery for $5.99, though their website notes that additional fees may show up depending on the delivery hours.
That's right, everyone's favourite cheap grocery store delivers! PA is known for their incredibly low prices, and each of their three locations across Montreal are always full. Delivery fees are on top of a $4 additional fee. They vary between $3.50-$7, depending on the size of the order. The minimum order is $35.