Cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket in 2012–2013

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Overview

The tables below show the cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket (RNFB) in 2012-2013 in communities eligible for the Nutrition North Canada (NNC) program. The amounts are estimates of what it cost to feed a family of four a healthy diet for one week.

For comparison purposes, the tables also show the cost of the RNFB in March 2011 (under the Food Mail Program) and March 2012 (at the end of NNC’s first year of operation).

Cost in communities eligible for a full subsidy

The cost of the basket was calculated using retail prices provided by:

Communities Eligible for a Full Subsidy Cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket ($) Difference
March 2011 to March 2013
Difference
March 2012 to March 2013
March 2011 March 2012 June 2012 Sep. 2012 Dec. 2012 March 2013 $ % $ %
Manitoba
Gods Lake Narrows 384.72 359.62 364.77 371.38 378.99 384.05 -0.67 -0.2% 24.43 6.8%
Gods River 397.29 371.37 374.61 375.93 377.66 382.03 -15.26 -3.8% 10.66 2.9%
Island Lake
(Garden Hill)
424.67 367.84 376.10 381.47 389.36 396.88 -27.79 -6.5% 29.04 7.9%
Lac Brochet 430.95 388.53 392.46 391.01 405.14 411.44 -19.51 -4.5% 22.91 5.9%
Little Grand Rapids 420.56 382.26 385.83 385.10 394.26 396.01 -24.55 -5.8% 13.75 3.6%
Negginan (Poplar River) 424.82 394.98 395.24 389.18 407.91 411.91 -12.91 -3.0% 16.93 4.3%
Oxford House 381.51 352.28 354.45 359.30 369.14 374.77 -6.74 -1.8% 22.49 6.4%
Pauingassi * 433.08 422.51 430.44 411.02 416.13 418.49 -14.59 -3.4% -4.02 -1.0%
Red Sucker Lake 448.35 408.14 411.65 413.95 418.08 422.17 -26.18 -5.8% 14.03 3.4%
St. Theresa Point 416.64 375.20 381.73 385.82 394.04 402.25 -14.39 -3.5% 27.05 7.2%
Waasagomach 429.82 377.01 391.83 404.76 410.62 417.58 -12.24 -2.8% 40.57 10.8%
Newfoundland and Labrador
Hopedale 362.95 342.44 343.96 346.64 352.10 351.41 -11.54 -3.2% 8.97 2.6%
Makkovik 318.85 304.72 304.04 295.28 297.40 299.39 -19.46 -6.1% -5.33 -1.7%
Nain ** 321.82 314.80 357.06 353.59 356.19 362.63 40.81 12.7% 47.83 15.2%
Natuashish n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Postville n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Rigolet n/a 337.30 341.33 336.72 332.01 366.79 n/a n/a 29.49 8.7%
Black Tickle n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Northwest Territories
Beaufort-Delta
Aklavik 461.36 427.56 425.49 425.07 425.75 429.46 -31.90 -6.9% 1.90 0.4%
Paulatuk 500.33 446.32 450.75 435.10 444.22 439.60 -60.73 -12.1% -6.72 -1.5%
Sachs Harbour n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tuktoyaktuk 454.31 414.28 408.04 415.42 413.68 408.04 -46.27 -10.2% -6.24 -1.5%
Ulukhaktok (Holman) 480.00 432.68 452.21 444.91 447.11 461.57 -18.43 -3.8% 28.89 6.7%
Deh Cho
Trout Lake n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sahtu
Colville Lake n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Deline 460.57 406.69 389.62 389.06 393.28 386.28 -74.29 -16.1% -20.41 -5.0%
Fort Good Hope 474.76 436.40 438.81 437.55 427.16 438.80 -35.96 -7.6% 2.40 0.5%
Norman Wells 405.32 394.75 400.72 405.42 384.53 393.70 -11.62 -2.9% -1.05 -0.3%
Tulita 447.93 412.55 416.55 412.13 412.52 423.30 -24.63 -5.5% 10.75 2.6%
Nunavut
Baffin
Arctic Bay 510.36 460.20 466.34 451.46 467.63 462.02 -48.34 -9.5% 1.82 0.4%
Cape Dorset 482.75 436.97 455.86 434.43 457.05 461.79 -20.96 -4.3% 24.82 5.7%
Clyde River 483.12 440.67 435.59 434.26 448.13 454.98 -28.14 -5.8% 14.31 3.2%
Grise Fiord n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hall Beach 460.93 408.49 401.80 398.69 410.14 410.97 -49.96 -10.8% 2.48 0.6%
Igloolik 472.35 419.34 422.61 408.22 425.26 431.26 -41.09 -8.7% 11.92 2.8%
Iqaluit 439.53 400.21 399.50 395.32 392.06 410.18 -29.35 -6.7% 9.97 2.5%
Kimmirut 480.33 422.38 426.42 421.52 426.15 427.26 -53.07 -11.0% 4.88 1.2%
Pangnirtung 520.04 471.58 486.00 463.32 475.87 469.87 -50.17 -9.6% -1.71 -0.4%
Pond Inlet 466.47 445.62 444.58 430.25 456.64 460.79 -5.68 -1.2% 15.17 3.4%
Qikiqtarjuaq 464.79 451.62 449.66 442.91 442.92 445.12 -19.67 -4.2% -6.50 -1.4%
Resolute n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sanikiluaq 450.98 433.87 445.12 441.12 438.95 445.24 -5.74 -1.3% 11.37 2.6%
Kitikmeot
Cambridge Bay 450.41 419.52 423.00 405.98 413.95 419.60 -30.81 -6.8% 0.08 0.0%
Gjoa Haven 474.61 446.27 454.19 430.12 439.67 449.04 -25.57 -5.4% 2.77 0.6%
Kugaaruk n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Kugluktuk 503.53 443.42 451.30 440.59 442.08 446.51 -57.02 -11.3% 3.09 0.7%
Taloyoak 495.36 464.97 485.55 457.37 469.63 478.83 -16.53 -3.3% 13.86 3.0%
Kivalliq
Arviat 467.14 429.57 422.22 423.94 427.12 423.02 -44.12 -9.4% -6.55 -1.5%
Baker Lake 454.33 451.62 431.31 426.90 430.42 418.22 -36.11 -7.9% -33.40 -7.4%
Chesterfield Inlet 459.36 446.77 447.92 445.65 445.98 438.32 -21.04 -4.6% -8.45 -1.9%
Coral Harbour 477.85 441.12 441.64 436.35 430.05 426.81 -51.04 -10.7% -14.31 -3.2%
Rankin Inlet 431.93 410.47 406.07 405.55 409.86 400.22 -31.71 -7.3% -10.25 -2.5%
Repulse Bay 459.94 429.11 425.50 422.73 420.03 417.98 -41.96 -9.1% -11.13 -2.6%
Whale Cove n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Ontario
Attawapiskat 472.46 430.74 421.29 422.01 431.57 427.95 -44.51 -9.4% -2.79 -0.6%
Bearskin Lake 463.86 432.91 438.99 436.43 438.83 443.52 -20.34 -4.4% 10.61 2.5%
Big Trout Lake n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Fort Albany 465.21 432.29 430.69 428.18 440.38 432.22 -32.99 -7.1% -0.07 0.0%
Fort Severn 437.65 405.31 415.07 412.69 420.24 429.85 -7.80 -1.8% 24.54 6.1%
Kashechewan 464.20 420.70 420.95 419.06 429.72 425.84 -38.36 -8.3% -5.14 1.2%
Muskrat Dam n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Peawanuck 447.66 414.71 427.77 425.72 430.65 430.82 -16.84 -3.8% 16.11 3.9%
Quebec
Akulivik 401.89 370.84 376.07 372.87 379.92 384.61 -17.28 -4.3% 13.77 3.7%
Aupaluk 378.88 341.46 342.58 347.19 360.50 364.39 -14.49 -3.8% 22.93 6.7%
Inukjuak 409.53 365.13 371.28 371.24 385.91 384.08 -25.44 -6.2% 18.96 5.2%
Ivujivik 378.88 340.94 344.58 346.01 359.06 363.98 -14.90 -3.9% 23.04 6.8%
Kangiqsualujjuaq 399.12 385.56 386.40 385.98 394.89 388.63 -10.50 -2.6% 3.07 0.8%
Kangiqsujuaq 392.76 380.47 377.48 379.86 384.08 389.49 -3.27 -0.8% 9.01 2.4%
Kangirsuk 411.62 390.46 387.85 378.06 381.42 381.59 -30.03 -7.3% -8.87 -2.3%
Kuujjuaq 415.72 381.86 385.82 366.26 369.61 369.63 -46.09 -11.1% -12.23 -3.2%
Kuujjuarapik 402.14 350.63 353.96 355.72 361.89 364.93 -37.22 -9.3% 14.30 4.1%
Puvirnituq 398.81 378.96 378.62 383.20 387.82 388.96 -9.85 -2.5% 10.00 2.6%
Quaqtaq 378.88 334.73 341.73 344.29 357.98 362.56 -16.32 -4.3% 27.83 8.3%
Salluit 400.43 380.34 376.16 375.08 384.97 391.83 -8.60 -2.1% 11.49 3.0%
Tasiujaq 378.88 347.86 344.26 347.61 359.09 361.36 -17.52 -4.6% 13.50 3.9%
Umiujaq 406.22 370.41 372.41 374.21 379.97 384.35 -21.87 -5.4% 13.94 3.8%
Yukon
Old Crow 516.02 489.99 488.70 488.48 498.67 506.92 -9.10 -1.8% 16.93 3.5%
Average 437.62 402.93 406.04 402.19 408.52 411.60 -25.32 -5.6% 8.67 2.4%

n/a = not available.

The cost of the basket may not be available for communities where local stores are not registered with NNC but access the subsidy by purchasing products from registered suppliers in the South, or for communities where the food prices provided could not be used to accurately and consistently calculate the cost of the RNFB.

* Pauingassi became eligible for a full subsidy in August 2012.

** As of June 2012, the cost of the basket in Nain was calculated using prices from two stores. The cost in March 2011 and 2012 was calculated using prices from one store.

Notes: Price data from Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. for co-ops in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories (NT) could not be used to accurately calculate the cost of the RNFB. In order to draw valid comparisons, price data from Rampart Rentals in Norman Well, NT, and Stanton Group in Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk, NT, was not used as data for these stores was not available at the start of the program. Quebec North Shore communities are not listed in the table because they are eligible for NNC only during the few weeks of the year when there is no marine service available.

Date last modified: 2013-11-04

Cost in communities eligible for a partial subsidy

The cost of the basket was calculated using retail prices provided by the North West Company.

Communities Eligible for a Partial Subsidy Cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket ($) Difference
March 2011 to March 2013
Difference
March 2012 to March 2013
March 2011 March 2012 June 2012 Sep. 2012 Dec. 2012 March 2013 $ % $ %
Manitoba
Berens River 379.68 379.82 388.47 388.34 391.04 397.80 18.12 4.8% 17.98 4.7%
Bloodvein n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Shamattawa 439.53 438.04 437.97 442.40 446.82 448.45 8.92 2.0% 10.41 2.4%
Northwest Territories
Great Slave Lake
Gametì (Rae Lakes) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Lutsel k'e n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Wha Ti n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Ontario
Angling Lake n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Kasabonika 459.05 449.33 453.32 451.59 458.51 471.45 12.40 2.7% 22.12 4.9%
Kingfisher Lake n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Pikangikum 382.87 374.43 383.66 388.98 392.74 396.69 13.82 3.6% 22.26 5.9%
Sachigo Lake 470.17 463.46 474.56 478.81 471.08 488.64 18.47 3.9% 25.18 5.4%
Weagamow Lake 425.75 423.33 435.73 438.96 445.46 448.84 23.09 5.4% 25.51 6.0%
Wunnummin Lake 447.48 429.49 430.89 442.13 447.12 455.79 8.31 1.9% 26.30 6.1%
Saskatchewan
Black Lake n/a 408.78 408.78 408.78 408.78 408.78 n/a n/a 0.00 0.0%
Fond-du-Lac n/a 468.30 442.89 451.54 465.68 467.30 n/a n/a -1.00 -0.2%
Stony Rapids 409.87 404.81 404.81 404.81 404.81 406.68 -3.19 -0.8% 1.87 0.5%
Average 426.80 423.98 426.11 429.63 433.20 439.04 12.49 2.9% 15.06 3.6%

n/a = not available.

The cost of the basket may not be available for communities where local stores are not registered with NNC but access the subsidy by purchasing products from registered suppliers in the South, or for communities where the food prices provided could not be used to accurately and consistently calculate the cost of the RNFB. The program is developing strategies to address these issues in the future.

Notes: Price data provided by Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. for the co-op in Lutsel k'e in the Northwest Territories could not be used to accurately calculate the cost of the RNFB. Quebec North Shore communities are not listed in the table because they are eligible for NNC only during the few weeks of the year when there is no marine service available.

Date last modified: 2013-11-04

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