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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
  • Frozen vegetables and fruit
  • Fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Frozen, unsweetened juice concentrate
  • Juice boxes (unsweetened juice in individual containers of 250 ml or less, except cans and 100% plastic containers)
  • Frozen French Fries
  • Unsweetened dried fruits (raisins, dates, prunes, currants)
  • Unsweetened juice in containers larger than 250 ml, except cans and 100% plastic containers
Grain products N/A
  • Bread (white and whole wheat)
  • Bread products without filling or coating (for example buns, rolls, bagels, pita, soft tortilla)
  • Flour (white and whole wheat)
  • Oats, oatmeal, and cream of wheat (unsweetened, unflavoured)
  • Cereals (excluding sugary cereals)
  • Dried macaroni and spaghetti (white and whole wheat)
  • Rice (white, whole wheat, minute)
  • Plain crackers, dry crisp breads and Pilot biscuits
  • Arrowroot and social tea cookies
Milk and milk products
  • Milk (fresh)
  • Milk (powdered, canned, evaporated, sterilized at ultra-high temperature (UHT))
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese and processed cheese slices
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt and yogurt drinks
  • Cream
  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Processed cheese spread
  • Family-sized ice cream plain without added candy
Meat and alternatives N/A
  • Fresh and frozen meat (poultry, fish, seafood)
  • Eggs and egg substitutes
  • Unsweetened, unseasoned and unsalted nuts
  • Dried beans (kidney, black, pinto)
  • Dried barley, lentils, split peas
  • Peanut butter
  • Side bacon
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.

Other foods
  • Infant formula
  • Infant cereals
  • Other infant foods
  • Butter and lard
  • Cooking oils (canola, olive, vegetable)
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Yeast
  • Margarine (soft and non-hydrogenated)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Frozen pizza
Non-food items N/A
  • Diapers
  • Menstrual hygiene products (e.g. pads or tampons)
  • Non-prescription drugs approved by Health Canada
N/A = Not applicable

Items shipped by seasonal ground transportation that are eligible for a subsidy

Items that are excluded from the ground transportation subsidy

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.

Healthy eating

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.

Learn more about healthy food, how to read food labels and keep food safe:

Learn about other Government of Canada programs that promote nutrition and food skills; and improve access to healthy food, both store-bought and traditional or country food:

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