Changes and updates to Nutrition North Canada

Backgrounder

The Government of Canada is making additional updates to the Nutrition North Canada program to reflect what was heard during engagement with Northern and Indigenous families, community members, other key stakeholders and provincial and territorial governments.

Expansion of the NNC program subsidy to cover eligible non-perishable items transported by sealift and winter road

To help lower the prices of non-perishable items, the Government of Canada is introducing a new subsidy level of $1.00 per kilogram for eligible items shipped by seasonal ground transportation (winter road, sealift, or barge) for all eligible communities. This change will allow the subsidy to be applied to eligible non-perishable staples and family-friendly items such as macaroni, flour and diapers which are normally transported by these modes of transportation.

Because sealift and winter road freight rates are much less expensive than shipping by air, this additional subsidy will have a significant impact on lowering prices of eligible items relative to airlift shipments. This cost-effective measure will not only reduce the costs of many eligible non-perishable items but will allow the program to subsidize more perishable, nutritious foods that are only shipped by air.

Addition of feminine hygiene products to the Nutrition North Canada eligibility list to make these products more affordable.

To improve access and affordability, feminine hygiene products will now be added to the Nutrition North Canada eligibility list to make these products more accessible and affordable.

Northern-based compliance and audit review committee

The Government of Canada is establishing a new Northern-based compliance and audit review process in the coming months to improve transparency and accountability, which will ensure Northern Representatives and firms will have the opportunity to participate in the review of audit reports.

This transparency measure will help ensure Northern community representatives have better access to the program's inner working and compliance audit findings.

Commitment to develop the Harvesters Support Grant

The Government of Canada re-affirmed its commitment to the Harvesters Support Grant.

The 2018 Fall Economic Statement announced an additional $62.6 million investment over five years starting in 2019–20, with $10.4 million ongoing, in the Nutrition North Canada program to support program changes and introduce a Harvesters Support Grant.

In addition to supporting program changes, informed by consultations with Northerners, these significant investments would also introduce a Harvesters Support Grant to help lower the high costs associated with traditional hunting and harvesting activities, which are an important source of healthy, traditional food.

Details of the new grant are being finalized in collaboration with Indigenous partners.


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