Nutrition North Canada Engagement 2016

From Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Current status: Closed

The engagement started on May 30, 2016 and closed on December 9, 2016.


As part of its commitment to improve Nutrition North Canada (NNC), the Government of Canada is seeking input from community members and other stakeholders on how the program can be more transparent, cost-effective, and culturally appropriate in the face of growing demand for healthy food in the North.


The Government of Canada will engage with:


NNC is a Government of Canada subsidy program launched on April 1, 2011 to bring healthy food to isolated northern communities. NNC works with stores across the North and food suppliers in southern Canada to ensure Northerners have better access to perishable nutritious food.

The engagement sessions focus on five themes:

The engagement sessions are being led by a team of consultants from Interis Consulting, supported by INAC and Health Canada staff. The team will be holding public meetings in up to 20 isolated northern communities and conducting telephone and face-to-face meetings with other stakeholders.

The communities were chosen based on recommendations from the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board.

They include:

The input gathered through this process will be used to develop options to update the program and help it stay sustainable.

How to participate

There are four ways to participate:

  1. Attend a community meeting – you can view the discussion guide.
  2. Fill out the online survey.
  3. Send an email to or a letter to the address in Contact us. Please make sure to follow the guidelines outlined in How to submit your views.
  4. Send a tweet using the hashtag #NNCMySay.

When and where

Community meetings are being held in May/June and September/October/November 2016.

Summaries of all meetings are being posted under What we heard.

Date Community Venue Time
May 30 Old Crow, YK community meeting Old Crow Community Centre 7 to 9 p.m.
May 31 Ulukhaktok/Holman, NWT community meeting Community Hall 7 to 9 p.m.
June 20 Rigolet, NL community meeting Northern Lights Academy Gymnasium 7 to 9 p.m.
September 20 Kangiqsujuaq, QC community meeting School Gymnasium 7 to 9 p.m.
September 26 Iqaluit, Nunavut community meeting Inukshuk High School 7 to 9 p.m.
September 28 Pond Inlet, Nunavut community meeting Attakaalik Hall 7 to 9 p.m.
October 4 Hopedale, Labrador community meeting Nanuk Community Centre 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
October 17 Lutsel K'e, NWT Community Hall 7 to 9 p.m.
October 18 Fort Chipewyan, AB Mamawi Community Hall 7 to 9 p.m.
October 19 Fond-du-Lac, SK community meeting Fond-du-Lac First Nation Band Hall 7 to 9 p.m.
October 20 Wollaston Lake, SK Hatchet Lake First Nation Band Hall 7 to 9 p.m.
November 2 Wekweètì, NWT Wekweètì Youth Centre 7 to 9 p.m.
November 3 Kugaaruk, NU Kugaaruk Gym 7 to 9 p.m.
November 15 St. Theresa Point, MB Community Hall 7 to 9 p.m.
November 21 Inukjuak, QC Inukjuak Recreation Centre 7 to 9 p.m.
November 29 Fort Hope, ON JCY Gymnasium 7 to 9 p.m.
November 29 Big Trout Lake, ON Community Hall 7 to 9 p.m.

What we heard

Summaries of the community meetings and the stakeholder meetings are available under What we heard.

Related information

Contact us

Nutrition North Canada: Engagement 2016
25 Eddy Street, 14th floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H4

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