Cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket in 2013-2014

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Overview

The tables below show the cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket (RNFB) 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 of each fiscal year of NNC's operation. The tables also provide information for the 2013-2014 quarters, to help monitor trends over time.

Cost of the RNFB in communities eligible for a full subsidy

The cost of the basket was calculated using price data provided by the following retailers:

Communities Eligible for a Full Subsidy Cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket ($) Difference March 2011 to March 2014 Difference March 2013 to March 2014
March
2011
March
2012
March
2013
June
2013
Sept
2013
Dec
2013
March
2014
$ % $ %
Manitoba
Gods Lake Narrows 375.58 350.57 375.20 373.80 370.90 377.51 377.30 1.72 0.46% 2.10 0.6%
Gods River 387.49 362.05 372.69 373.07 369.39 372.95 374.43 -13.06 -3.37% 1.74 0.5%
Island Lake (Garden Hill) 413.70 358.29 387.33 389.43 388.06 387.99 384.05 -29.65 -7.17% -3.28 -0.8%
Lac Brochet 420.37 379.33 402.26 388.13 389.07 385.74 395.44 -24.93 -5.93% -6.82 -1.7%
Little Grand Rapids 410.72 373.28 387.11 376.78 371.58 376.35 380.56 -30.16 -7.34% -6.55 -1.7%
Negginan (Poplar River) 414.50 385.17 402.12 394.22 402.28 404.38 400.48 -14.02 -3.38% -1.64 -0.4%
Oxford House 372.03 343.41 365.87 357.24 357.90 362.16 348.84 -23.19 -6.23% -17.03 -4.7%
Pauingassi n/a 412.50 408.44 401.29 399.48 401.99 397.35 n/a n/a -11.09 -2.7%
Red Sucker Lake 437.62 398.81 412.81 400.22 398.90 395.45 396.59 -41.03 -9.38% -16.22 -3.9%
St. Theresa Point 406.53 365.50 392.54 399.97 395.60 396.77 398.23 -8.30 -2.04% 5.69 1.4%
Waasagomach 419.49 367.43 408.02 404.18 399.04 399.44 412.43 -7.06 -1.68% 4.41 1.1%
Newfoundland and Labrador
Hopedale 353.96 333.92 344.42 329.07 330.30 330.30 330.30 -23.66 -6.68% -14.12 -4.1%
Makkovik 311.75 297.64 292.26 273.55 276.93 279.10 285.40 -26.35 -8.45% -6.86 -2.3%
Nain 310.78 356.99 353.69 350.15 362.25 686.45 349.42 38.64 12.43% -4.27 -1.2%
Natuashish n/a 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 n/a
Rigolet n/a 333.10 358.36 337.60 347.21 355.51 362.61 n/a n/a 4.25 1.2%
Black Tickle n/a 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 450.35 379.55 383.23 375.57 371.78 381.03 388.44 -61.91 -13.75% 5.21 1.4%
Paulatuk 489.38 436.64 428.77 401.11 384.16 394.48 397.07 -92.31 -18.86% -31.70 -7.4%
Sachs Harbour n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tuktoyaktuk 443.62 369.77 376.36 370.43 367.86 373.75 379.96 -63.66 -14.35% 3.60 1.0%
Ulukhaktok (Holman) 468.35 425.03 452.70 438.02 435.30 431.26 435.11 -33.24 -7.10% -17.59 -3.9%
Deh Cho
Sambaa K'e (Trout Lake) n/a 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 n/a
Deline 449.99 396.08 391.27 374.45 379.75 400.34 414.17 -35.82 -7.96% 22.90 5.9%
Fort Good Hope 463.96 403.42 427.92 399.25 376.99 405.02 419.60 -44.36 -9.56% -8.32 -1.9%
Norman Wells 394.95 415.90 422.94 415.16 436.84 444.10 449.44 54.49 13.80% 26.50 6.3%
Tulita 437.49 403.27 427.12 359.79 370.64 400.30 401.05 -36.44 -8.33% -26.07 -6.1%
Nunavut
Baffin
Arctic Bay 494.97 449.25 451.10 459.62 448.86 449.46 450.78 -44.19 -8.93% -0.32 -0.1%
Cape Dorset 469.20 426.60 451.36 442.33 434.97 440.31 437.08 -32.12 -6.85% -14.28 -3.2%
Clyde River 467.42 430.37 444.70 444.89 441.39 453.68 448.06 -19.36 -4.14% 3.36 0.8%
Grise Fiord n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hall Beach 448.48 398.51 401.01 392.74 390.05 400.53 392.60 -55.88 -12.46% -8.41 -2.1%
Igloolik 459.43 409.21 421.13 415.99 403.06 411.91 408.29 -51.14 -11.13% -12.84 -3.0%
Iqaluit 429.15 390.24 401.03 386.23 382.82 371.72 376.21 -52.94 -12.33% -24.82 -6.2%
Kimmirut 467.83 412.44 417.34 422.39 413.88 419.31 410.93 -56.90 -12.16% -6.41 -1.5%
Pangnirtung 506.79 460.40 458.72 459.58 447.13 444.05 444.36 -62.43 -12.32% -14.36 -3.1%
Pond Inlet 454.43 435.29 450.45 421.79 440.40 448.77 448.55 -5.88 -1.29% -1.90 -0.4%
Qikiqtarjuaq 451.23 441.68 435.25 422.65 429.30 435.88 429.33 -21.90 -4.85% -5.92 -1.4%
Resolute n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sanikiluaq 439.83 425.02 436.39 430.54 436.92 440.23 444.75 4.92 1.12% 8.36 1.9%
Kitikmeot
Cambridge Bay 439.94 410.44 410.51 407.72 415.32 419.53 414.03 -25.91 -5.89% 3.52 0.9%
Gjoa Haven 463.09 430.29 438.59 434.83 419.36 438.95 441.38 -21.71 -4.69% 2.79 0.6%
Kugaaruk n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Kugluktuk 492.47 433.74 436.79 404.88 396.61 419.05 425.11 -67.36 -13.68% -11.68 -2.7%
Taloyoak 483.52 455.27 469.12 442.52 425.30 447.38 451.06 -32.46 -6.71% -18.06 -3.8%
Kivalliq
Arviat 456.22 420.28 412.47 407.02 391.96 394.35 391.85 -64.37 -14.11% -20.62 -5.0%
Baker Lake 443.53 441.18 407.77 410.19 388.98 385.80 383.20 -60.33 -13.60% -24.57 -6.0%
Chesterfield Inlet 449.59 436.75 428.32 432.44 383.86 386.46 390.93 -58.66 -13.05% -37.39 -8.7%
Coral Harbour 465.72 433.59 416.30 407.56 423.66 428.29 431.49 -34.23 -7.35% 15.19 3.6%
Naujaat (Repulse Bay) 448.65 418.88 407.73 404.12 411.55 407.38 409.97 -38.68 -8.62% 2.24 0.5%
Rankin Inlet 421.68 400.84 390.88 384.42 397.57 385.59 382.74 -38.94 -9.23% -8.14 -2.1%
Whale Cove n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Ontario
Attawapiskat 460.05 420.34 417.53 427.32 423.08 417.59 425.66 -34.39 -7.48% 8.13 1.9%
Bearskin Lake 452.89 422.70 434.08 427.12 423.12 426.63 429.28 -23.61 -5.21% -4.80 -1.1%
Big Trout Lake n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Fort Albany 452.89 421.87 421.75 418.74 421.88 427.06 421.67 -31.22 -6.89% -0.08 0.0%
Fort Severn 427.88 396.30 420.83 405.13 410.38 403.69 415.43 -12.45 -2.91% -5.40 -1.3%
Kashechewan 452.23 410.43 415.58 420.02 422.85 420.41 423.22 -29.01 -6.41% 7.64 1.8%
Muskrat Dam n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Peawanuck 436.96 404.49 420.56 425.22 421.37 418.16 425.42 -11.54 -2.64% 4.86 1.2%
Quebec
Akulivik 390.75 360.66 372.99 371.09 367.17 371.87 372.21 -18.55 -4.75% -0.78 -0.2%
Aupaluk 367.82 331.40 351.50 347.67 342.67 342.75 344.13 -23.69 -6.44% -7.37 -2.1%
Inukjuak 398.10 355.05 372.57 374.44 367.91 365.04 368.63 -29.47 -7.40% -3.94 -1.1%
Ivujivik 367.82 330.88 351.09 342.53 341.18 343.11 343.33 -24.49 -6.66% -7.76 -2.2%
Kangiqsualujjuaq 386.02 375.25 376.90 374.76 364.89 368.62 368.30 -17.73 -4.59% -8.60 -2.3%
Kangiqsujuaq 381.18 370.69 378.29 371.39 372.68 376.37 372.39 -8.79 -2.31% -5.90 -1.6%
Kangirsuk 399.34 380.52 370.22 364.36 364.54 367.85 364.71 -34.63 -8.67% -5.52 -1.5%
Kuujjuaq 404.69 373.00 358.63 363.86 358.42 358.77 361.23 -43.47 -10.74% 2.60 0.7%
Kuujjuarapik 391.80 340.87 354.06 352.74 349.03 346.99 352.10 -39.70 -10.13% -1.95 -0.6%
Puvirnituq 387.65 368.77 377.36 377.60 374.21 377.17 379.65 -8.00 -2.06% 2.28 0.6%
Quaqtaq 367.82 324.70 349.67 342.53 341.90 335.74 343.22 -24.60 -6.69% -6.45 -1.8%
Salluit 388.48 370.28 380.32 379.75 379.99 375.93 380.02 -8.47 -2.18% -0.30 -0.1%
Tasiujaq 367.82 337.82 348.46 345.04 342.33 342.58 342.14 -25.68 -6.98% -6.32 -1.8%
Umiujaq 394.94 360.30 372.83 365.92 364.00 366.04 361.69 -33.25 -8.42% -11.14 -3.0%
Gethsémani (La Romaine) n/a n/a n/a 373.94 334.91 343.85 343.35 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Yukon
Old Crow 505.06 477.96 495.46 467.80 459.45 488.76 503.13 -1.93 -0.38% 7.67 1.5%
Average 426.48 392.96 401.55 393.57 391.05 400.19 395.94 -30.54 -7.16% -5.62 -1.4%

Notes:

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.

†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.

As of 2013-14, the price data from Rampart Rentals in Norman Wells, NT and Stanton Group for the Beaufort Region, NT have been captured in 2013-2014, and are now posted. In previous years, only NWCO prices were considered for NT.

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. 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.

The Revised Northern Food Basket is calculated using the price data received by registered retailers that have a store in an eligible community.

Cost of the RNFB in communities eligible for a partial subsidy

The cost of the basket was calculated using price data provided by the North West Company.

Communities Eligible for a Partial Subsidy Cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket ($) Difference March 2011 to March 2014 Difference March 2013 to March 2014
March
2011
March
2012
March
2013
June
2013
Sept
2013
Dec
2013
March
2014
$ % $ %
Manitoba
Berens River 370.08 370.68 388.74 397.80 397.90 395.29 397.79 27.71 7.49% 9.05 2.33%
Bloodvein n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Shamattawa 429.17 427.73 438.12 442.11 437.53 440.70 438.83 9.66 2.25% 0.71 0.16%
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 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 n/a
Wha Ti n/a 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 n/a
Kasabonika 448.13 438.70 460.75 455.87 452.81 448.55 455.41 7.28 1.62% -5.34 -1.16%
Kingfisher Lake n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Pikangikum 372.95 364.67 386.92 398.77 393.18 393.32 392.43 19.48 5.22% 5.51 1.42%
Sachigo Lake 458.97 452.94 478.06 459.84 464.57 460.81 468.71 9.74 2.12% -9.35 -1.96%
Weagamow Lake 413.86 411.86 437.41 429.47 433.74 430.77 428.56 14.70 3.55% -8.85 -2.02%
Wunnummin Lake 436.97 419.48 445.77 431.29 443.36 433.81 437.51 0.54 0.12% -8.26 -1.85%
Saskatchewan
Black Lake n/a 399.83 399.83 401.33 421.40 420.60 420.69 n/a n/a 20.86 5.22%
Fond-du-Lac n/a 456.63 455.60 440.75 453.03 462.13 468.16 n/a n/a 12.56 2.76%
Stony Rapids 399.81 394.89 396.75 397.50 424.77 420.58 426.25 26.44 6.61% 29.50 7.44%
Average 416.24 413.74 428.80 425.47 432.23 430.66 433.43 17.19 4.13% 4.64 1.08%

Notes:

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.

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.

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