General Information on Nutrition North Canada

Nutrition North Canada (NNC) is a subsidy program that seeks to improve access to perishable healthy food in isolated northern communities. It was launched on April 1, 2011.

Nutrition North Canada is based on a market-driven model. The subsidy is transferred to retailers and suppliers that apply and are selected to register with the program.

Businesses registered with the program are accountable for passing on the subsidy to consumers. Northerners benefit from the subsidy when they buy subsidized items from retailers in their community. Individuals, commercial establishments such as local restaurants and social institutions such as day cares can also benefit from the subsidy when they order eligible items directly from registered southern suppliers.

Communities Eligible for the Program

  • To be eligible for the program a community must:
    Lack year-round surface transportation (i.e. no permanent road, rail or marine access), and
  • Have used Food Mail, the department’s previous northern transportation subsidy program.
  • Some communities are eligible for a full subsidy and some for a partial subsidy.
    • Communities eligible for a full subsidy used the Food Mail Program extensively. Between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, these communities received over 15,000 kg (annualized) of perishable food shipments or more than $4 per month per resident in transportation subsidies.
    • Communities eligible for a partial subsidy used the Food Mail Program moderately. Between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, these communities received between 100 and 14,999 kg (annualized) of perishable food shipments and less than $4 per month per resident in transportation subsidies.
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