Eligible Communities and Subsidy Rates

The Nutrition North Canada subsidy applies to a variety of foods when they are shipped by air to an eligible community. The level 1 (high) subsidy rate applies to the most nutritious perishable foods. The level 2 (low) subsidy rate applies to other foods.

Find out which types of foods are eligible for the high or low subsidy.

Subsidy rates are set based on criteria including the estimated amounts of eligible products that will be shipped by air to eligible communities. These estimated amounts are revised periodically by food retailers and suppliers because Northerners' demand for eligible products changes over time. Subsidy rates may need to be adjusted over time. The program expects to review the subsidy rates twice each year – on April 1 and on October 1.

For information on subsidy rates for country foods commercially-processed in the North.

Communities eligible for a full subsidy

Communities in the table below are eligible for a full subsidy under Nutrition North Canada because they used the Food Mail Program extensively in 2009–2010. Between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, the communities received over 15,000 kg (annualized) of perishable food shipments or more than $4 per month per resident in subsidies under Food Mail.

CommunityRegionSubsidy rates ($/kg)
Level 1 (High)Level 2 (Low)

* Quebec North Shore communities are eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March).

Last modified: 2012-08-16.

Gods Lake Narrows Northern Manitoba 1.20 0.05
Gods River Northern Manitoba 1.20 0.05
Island Lake (Garden Hill) Northern Manitoba 1.60 0.05
Lac Brochet Northern Manitoba 1.40 0.05
Little Grand Rapids Northern Manitoba 1.20 0.05
Negginan (Poplar River) Northern Manitoba 1.30 0.05
Oxford House Northern Manitoba 1.40 0.05
Pauingassi Northern Manitoba 1.20 0.05
Red Sucker Lake Northern Manitoba 1.60 0.05
St. Theresa Point Northern Manitoba 1.60 0.05
Waasagomach Northern Manitoba 1.60 0.05
Hopedale Northern Labrador 1.70 0.05
Makkovik Northern Labrador 1.50 0.05
Nain Northern Labrador 2.50 0.70
Natuashish Northern Labrador 2.00 0.20
Postville Northern Labrador 1.60 0.05
Rigolet Northern Labrador 1.30 0.05
Black Tickle Southern Labrador 1.70 0.05
Aklavik Beaufort-Delta 1.60 0.05
Paulatuk Beaufort-Delta 3.80 2.00
Sachs Harbour Beaufort-Delta 6.10 4.30
Tuktoyaktuk Beaufort-Delta 2.50 0.70
Ulukhaktok (Holman) Beaufort-Delta 4.50 2.70
Trout Lake Deh Cho 3.20 1.40
Colville Lake Sahtu 5.20 3.40
Deline Sahtu 2.70 0.90
Fort Good Hope Sahtu 2.90 1.10
Norman Wells Sahtu 2.20 0.40
Tulita Sahtu 2.70 0.90
Arctic Bay Baffin 8.60 6.80
Cape Dorset Baffin 4.60 2.80
Clyde River Baffin 6.60 4.80
Grise Fiord Baffin 16.00 14.20
Hall Beach Baffin 5.60 3.80
Igloolik Baffin 5.60 3.80
Iqaluit Baffin 2.30 0.50
Kimmirut Baffin 5.40 3.60
Pangnirtung Baffin 4.10 2.30
Pond Inlet Baffin 8.10 6.30
Qikiqtarjuaq Baffin 4.80 3.00
Resolute Baffin 10.20 8.40
Sanikiluaq Baffin 1.80 0.05
Cambridge Bay Kitikmeot 1.80 0.05
Gjoa Haven Kitikmeot 3.40 1.60
Kugaaruk Kitikmeot 4.10 2.30
Kugluktuk Kitikmeot 2.60 0.80
Taloyoak Kitikmeot 3.70 1.90
Arviat Kivalliq 2.00 0.20
Baker Lake Kivalliq 3.30 1.50
Chesterfield Inlet Kivalliq 3.20 1.40
Coral Harbour Kivalliq 4.10 2.30
Rankin Inlet Kivalliq 2.20 0.40
Repulse Bay Kivalliq 4.20 2.40
Whale Cove Kivalliq 2.80 1.00
Attawapiskat Northern Ontario 1.40 0.05
Bearskin Lake Northern Ontario 1.30 0.05
Big Trout Lake Northern Ontario 1.60 0.05
Fort Albany Northern Ontario 1.30 0.05
Fort Severn Northern Ontario 2.60 0.80
Muskrat Dam Northern Ontario 1.50 0.05
Peawanuck Northern Ontario 2.40 0.60
Kashechewan Northern Ontario 1.30 0.05
Akulivik Northern Quebec 4.60 2.80
Aupaluk Northern Quebec 4.60 2.80
Inukjuak Northern Quebec 2.90 1.10
Ivujivik Northern Quebec 5.50 3.70
Kangiqsualujjuaq Northern Quebec 4.30 2.50
Kangiqsujuaq Northern Quebec 5.20 3.40
Kangirsuk Northern Quebec 5.40 3.60
Kuujjuaq Northern Quebec 2.60 0.80
Kuujjuarapik Northern Quebec 2.20 0.40
Puvirnituq Northern Quebec 3.90 2.10
Quaqtaq Northern Quebec 5.50 3.70
Salluit Northern Quebec 5.20 3.40
Tasiujaq Northern Quebec 4.30 2.50
Umiujaq Northern Quebec 2.40 0.60
Chevery* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 2.30 0.50
Gethsémani (La Romaine)* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 2.30 0.50
Harrington Harbour* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 2.30 0.50
La Tabatière* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 2.30 0.50
Mutton Bay* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 2.30 0.50
Saint-Augustin-Saguenay* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 2.30 0.50
Tête-à-la-Baleine* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 2.30 0.50
Old Crow Yukon 2.70 0.90

Communities eligible for a partial subsidy

Communities in the table below are eligible for a partial subsidy under Nutrition North Canada because they used the Food Mail Program moderately in 2009–2010. Between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, the communities received between 100 and 14,999 kg (annualized) of perishable food shipments and less than $4 per month per resident in subsidies under Food Mail.

CommunityRegionSubsidy rates ($/kg)
Level 1 (High)Level 2 (Low)

* Quebec North Shore communities are eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March).

Last modified: 2012-08-16.

Berens River Northern Manitoba 0.05 0.05
Bloodvein Northern Manitoba 0.05 0.05
Shamattawa Northern Manitoba 0.05 0.05
Gametì (Rae Lakes) Great Slave Lake 0.05 0.05
Lutsel K'e Great Slave Lake 0.05 0.05
Wha Ti Great Slave Lake 0.05 0.05
Angling Lake Northern Ontario 0.05 0.05
Kasabonika Northern Ontario 0.05 0.05
Kingfisher Lake Northern Ontario 0.05 0.05
Pikangikum Northern Ontario 0.05 0.05
Sachigo Lake Northern Ontario 0.05 0.05
Weagamow Lake Northern Ontario 0.05 0.05
Wunnummin Lake Northern Ontario 0.05 0.05
Blanc-Sablon *Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 0.05 0.05
Kegaska* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 0.05 0.05
Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon* Quebec North Shore communities will be eligible for a subsidy from Nutrition North Canada during the months when there is no marine service to these communities (generally from January to March). Quebec North Shore 0.05 0.05
Black Lake Saskatchewan 0.05 0.05
Fond-du-Lac Saskatchewan 0.05 0.05
Stony Rapids Saskatchewan 0.05 0.05