Nova Scotians need a $15 per hour minimum wage to afford a nutritional diet, according to a new study from Mount Saint Vincent University.

The school’s Food Action Research Centre, in partnership with Voices for Food Security in Nova Scotia, released the results of their biannual participatory food costing survey.

In June 2015, the researchers randomly chose 21 grocery stores from across the province to find how much it would cost to fill the National Nutritious Food Basket, a list of 67 food items necessary for a balanced diet.

“We found households earning minimum wage or receiving income assistance would not be able to afford their basic needs, let alone save money to cover unexpected costs,” reads the report.

The results showed that, considering the food basket and all other expenses, households of four making minimum wage experience a monthly deficit of $418.07 while families on income assistance experience a deficit of $986.14.