What Nutrition North Canada subsidizes
Nutrition North Canada provides a subsidy on a list of nutritious eligible foods, as well as certain non-food items like diapers and non-prescription drugs, sold by registered retailers and suppliers.
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs periodically reviews what is subsidized.
Items shipped by air
|Food group||Targeted (highest) subsidy||Higher subsidy||Lower subsidy|
|Vegetables and fruit||
|Milk and milk products||
|Meat and alternatives||N/A||
|Country or traditional foods||N/A||These food items may be subsidized.
Country or traditional foods when available through local stores or when purchased from processing plants that are registered with the program.
|N/A = Not applicable|
Items shipped by seasonal ground transportation that are eligible for a subsidy
- All-purpose and whole wheat flour
- Butter, salted and unsalted
- Canola, olive and vegetable cooking oil.
- Lard, excluding shortening
- Salt, table salt and sea salt.
- Baking powder
- Dried kidney, pinto and black beans
- Dried lentils, split peas and grains such as barley
- Unseasoned plain dry pasta and rice, including:
- white and whole wheat macaroni and spaghetti
- white, brown and minute rice
Items that are excluded from the ground transportation subsidy
- rye and other semi-perishable flours
- cake and pastry flour
- garnishing oils
- flavored oils
- all other types of salt
- flavoured, seasoned, and all other types of pasta
- aromatic rice varieties
Dedicated subsidies for Old Crow
Old Crow, Yukon, does not usually have access to any surface transportation at any time. As a result, its retailers and residents cannot take advantage of lower-cost methods of transportation such as sealifts, barges, ferries and winter roads. For this reason, Nutrition North Canada also subsidizes a number of non-perishable food items and non-food items in this community.
Find the eligible food and non-food items list for Old Crow.
As part of Nutrition North Canada, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada fund and support culturally appropriate retail and community-based nutrition education activities in all eligible isolated northern communities. These activities focus on increasing knowledge of healthy eating, developing skills in selecting and preparing healthy store-bought and traditional or country food, and building on existing community-based activities with an increased focus on working with stores. Communities decide which nutrition education activities to offer based on their needs and priorities. They include: nutrition workshops, healthy cooking classes for all ages, in-store sampling of healthy food, knowledge and skill building related to traditional or country food harvesting and preparation, training of community workers, and the development of local nutritious education materials.