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Reports on retailer and supplier compliance

These reports describe the conclusions of independent auditors who have examined whether registered retailers and suppliers complied with the terms and conditions of their contribution agreements including passing on the subsidy to customers. More information about compliance reviews is available in the How Nutrition North Canada works section.

Compliance Reports for 2014-2015

Compliance Reports for 2013-2014

Compliance Reports for 2012-2013

Compliance Reports for 2011–2012

Reports on the subsidy

The data in these reports comes directly from the retailers and suppliers registered with NNC. They provide information on the types and amounts of eligible items shipped by plane to their stores or customers each month. They must do this in order to remain registered with the program and receive the subsidy.

NNC uses the data it receives from registered retailers and suppliers to monitor trends in subsidy payments for different categories of products, to estimate changes in the demand for eligible items in the North, and to make decisions about the program's subsidy rates and eligibility list.

The data are reviewed by the independent claims processor who is responsible for the subsidy claim process. The review ensures that only eligible items are included in retailers' and suppliers' claims, that eligible products are recorded in the correct category and that the right subsidy level is used.

Reports are posted here four times a year.






Reports on the cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket

These reports provide information on the cost of a nutritious diet for a family of four for one week using the Revised Northern Food Basket (RNFB). The food prices used to calculate the cost of the basket come from registered Northern retailers. The reports are published once a year.

Community profiles

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has completed a detailed review of all isolated northern communities to better understand the challenges they face in accessing perishable nutritious foods.

Nutrition North Canada Performance Measurement Strategy

Performance Measurement Strategies are results-based management tools used to guide the selection, development and ongoing use of performance measures. The purpose of these strategies is to assist program managers and deputy heads to: continuously monitor and assess the results of programs as well as the economy and efficiency of their management; make informed decisions and take appropriate, timely action with respect to programs; provide effective and relevant departmental reporting on programs and; ensure that credible and reliable performance data are being collected to effectively support evaluation.

The updated strategy aims to strengthen the Program's ability to measure progress on three key Nutrition North Canada performance indicators:

  1. Improved access to perishable nutritious food
  2. Affordability (monitored through the price trends of the Revised Northern Food Basket)
  3. Recipient compliance to ensure the full subsidy is being passed on to the consumer

2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General on Nutrition North Canada

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) conducted an audit that covered the period between April 2, 2011 and June 30, 2014 of Nutrition North Canada (NNC). The full report, including Chapter 6 which focuses on NNC, is available on the OAG website

Actions taken by AANDC in response to the OAG’s recommendations

Study of Northern food retailing

This study, undertaken by the Enrg Research Group, at the request of AANDC, provides an analysis of the grocery retail system in northern Canada, considers how NNC influences the northern grocery industry, and provides recommendations to respond to the economics of providing perishable, nutritious food to the North.

Northern Food Retail Data Collection & Analysis (Fall 2014)

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