Nutrition North Canada

COVID-19: Extended subsidy

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, to address growing concerns about food security we are extending the list of perishable and non-perishable items subsidized when shipped by air to all 116 Nutrition North Canada eligible communities from now until March 31, 2021.

Nutrition North Canada is a Government of Canada subsidy program to provide Northerners in isolated communities with improved access to perishable nutritious food.

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

Find what food is subsidized, the Revised Northern Food Basket, food categories and nutrition education initiatives.

Harvesters Support Grant

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


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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