How to submit your views on Nutrition North Canada

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is inviting people and organizations to provide written submissions that express their views on Nutrition North Canada (NNC).

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How to submit

Send your views in a letter or an email to:

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


Please keep your feedback to under 1,500 words and address the NNC's themes below.

Visit NNC Engagement 2016 to learn more about the engagement and other ways to participate.


Written submissions must be received or postmarked before 11:59 PM Pacific Time (PT) on November 30, 2016.

The submissions received will be analyzed and summarized in What we heard. They may be used to develop options to update the program.

Nutrition North Canada themes

Please keep your submissions to under 1,500 words and address the following themes or questions:

1. Program sustainability/cost effectiveness

NNC has a fixed budget.

  • What is the best use of the current funds?
  • What foods should also be eligible for the subsidy? (Consult the list of current subsidized foods.)
  • How should country foods be subsidized? (Consult current criteria for subsidized country food.)
  • What is the role of personal orders in providing more choices for consumers?  (Consult the current process for personal (or direct) orders.)

2. Expanding program capacity/improving program efficiency

There are other existing parallel (or complementary) food subsidy programs for remote northern communities:

  • What are the opportunities for partnerships?
  • What kind of cost sharing arrangements could be developed?
  • Are there other ways to expand NNC without increasing its overall costs?
  • Do you have any other ideas on how to improve NNC?

Expanding program capacity/improving program efficiency is a theme targeted to a specific type of stakeholder, including (but not limited to):

  • wholesalers
  • retailers
  • transportation companies
  • other stakeholders in the supply chain

3. Fairness and consistency

  • Is NNC meeting the needs of northern communities?
  • Are there any communities, or sub-groups within communities, not being properly served by NNC?

4. Transparency

It is not always easy to see how the NNC subsidy is being passed on from retailers to consumers. On April 1, 2016, it became mandatory for major registered NNC retailers to print NNC savings on grocery receipts.

  • Are there other ways to improve transparency?

5. Visibility: Communications/outreach and engagement

In order for northern residents to fully benefit from NNC, they must be aware of it and understand how it works.

  • How can the program be more visible?
  • How can good communications be developed between NNC managers, northern residents, retailers and suppliers?

6. Innovation

  • Are there innovative ways to improve NNC?

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