Nutrition North Canada

COVID-19: Program enhancements

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, and to support food security in isolated communities, enhancements have been made to the Nutrition North Canada subsidy program to give Northerners in these communities better access and more savings on nutritious foods and essential items.

We have increased subsidy rates and expanded the list of food and essential items subsidized when shipped by air to all 116 Nutrition North Canada eligible communities.

Nutrition North Canada is a Government of Canada program that helps make nutritious food and some essential items more affordable and more accessible.

How Nutrition North Canada works

How the subsidy works, a glossary of terms, and registered retailers and suppliers.

Eligible communities

Find the isolated communities that benefit from the subsidy and their subsidy rates.

Eligible food and non-food items

Find out what is subsidized.

Harvesters Support Grant

How the grant works, eligible communities, funding streams and subsidy levels.

Nutrition education initiatives

Culturally appropriate retail and community-based nutrition education activities.

For retailers and suppliers

Who can apply, how to apply and subsidy claims and payments.

Advisory Board

Find out how the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board gives Northerners a direct voice in the program.


Compliance reports, subsidy reports, the program's performance measurement strategy and more.


Find out about recent program results.

Moving forward

How the Government of Canada is working with partners to improve the program further.

Engagement 2016

Find out what was said in the Government of Canada's engagement sessions held across the North to improve this program.

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