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Reports on the subsidy

The data in these reports comes directly from the retailers and suppliers registered with Nutrition North Canada (NNC). They provide information on the types and amounts of eligible items shipped by plane to their stores or customers each month. They must do this in order to remain registered with the program and receive the subsidy.

NNC uses the data it receives from registered retailers and suppliers to monitor trends in subsidy payments for different categories of products, to estimate changes in the demand for eligible items in the North, and to make decisions about the program's subsidy rates and eligibility list.

The data are reviewed by the independent claims processor who is responsible for the subsidy claim process. The review ensures that only eligible items are included in retailers' and suppliers' claims, that eligible products are recorded in the correct category and that the right subsidy level is used.

Reports are posted here four times a year.













Reports on retailer and supplier compliance

Periodically, samples of registered retailers and suppliers are chosen to undergo a compliance review. This process helps determine whether they are complying with the terms and conditions of the funding agreement they signed with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and are passing on the subsidy to customers.

These reports describe the conclusions of independent auditors who have examined whether registered retailers and suppliers complied with the terms and conditions of their contribution agreements including passing on the subsidy to customers. More information about compliance reviews is available in the How Nutrition North Canada works section.

Compliance Reports for 2022 to 2023

Compliance Reports for 2021 to 2022

Compliance Reports for 2020 to 2021

Compliance Reports for 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018

Compliance Reports for 2015 to 2016

Compliance Reports for 2014 to 2015

Compliance Reports for 2013 to 2014

Compliance Reports for 2012 to 2013

Compliance Reports for 2011 to 2012

Reports on the cost of the Revised Northern Food Basket

These reports provide information on the cost of a nutritious diet for a family of four for one week using the Revised Northern Food Basket (RNFB). The food prices used to calculate the cost of the basket come from registered Northern retailers. The reports are published once a year.

Nutrition North Canada Performance Measurement Strategy

Performance Measurement Strategies are results-based tools used to guide and implement performance measures. The purpose of these strategies is to help program managers and deputy heads to:

In August 2016, the Nutrition North Canada Performance Measurement Strategy was updated to reflect program expansion to new communities and the introduction of the Public Health Agency of Canada as a program partner. The January 2016 version is retained here for reference purposes only.

The strategy continues to support Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada's (CIRNAC) ability to measure progress on three key Nutrition North Canada performance indicators:

  1. improved access to perishable nutritious food
  2. affordability (monitored through the price trends of the Revised Northern Food Basket)
  3. recipient compliance to ensure the full subsidy is being passed on to the consumer

2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General on Nutrition North Canada

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) conducted an audit that covered the period between April 2, 2011 and June 30, 2014 of NNC. The full report, including Chapter 6 which focuses on NNC, is available on the OAG website.

Actions taken in response to the OAG's recommendations

Study of Northern food retailing

This study, undertaken by the Enrg Research Group, at the request of INAC (now CIRNAC), provides an analysis of the grocery retail system in northern Canada, considers how NNC influences the northern grocery industry, and provides recommendations to respond to the economics of providing perishable, nutritious food to the North.

Northern Food Retail Data Collection & Analysis (Fall 2014)

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