Following the Nutrition North Canada public engagement, the Government of Canada continues to identify ways to improve the program to work better for Northerners, while remaining within budget.
Public meetings postponed
Previously announced town halls in Hopedale, NL and Nain, NL scheduled with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade, Yvonne Jones have been postponed until further notice.
Nutrition North Canada improvements since 2016 engagement
Nutrition North Canada is committed to updating and expanding the program through co-development with Northerners.
Examples of what Nutrition North Canada has heard from Northerners and what we are doing to improve the program's sustainability and effectiveness for residents of northern, isolated communities are provided below.
|What we heard||What we're doing|
|Subsidized food should be more relevant to Northerners||
|Community subsidy rates should be increased, reviewed and adjusted regularly||
|Personal/direct orders should be more flexible||
|Smaller retailers should be able to participate more easily in Nutrition North Canada||
|Eligible establishments should be reviewed to ensure the subsidy directly benefits Northern residents||
|When communities become fully isolated, provide the subsidy on an expanded list of items||
|Enhance communication products so community members can better access information about Nutrition North Canada||
Here is list of activities undertaken since the engagement closed in December 2016:
- The Final report of what we heard during the engagement, prepared by BDO Interis and summarizing the feedback received through community visits, key stakeholder interviews, surveys and written submissions was published and shared widely.
- The Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board provided their reflections on the What we heard report, focusing on the underlying program principles and what changes can be made within the program mandate and budget. Both this report and the What we heard report will guide changes to the program.
- A stakeholder meeting with Indigenous organizations, northern retailers and airlines, provincial and territorial governments and other federal government departments was held on May 2-3, 2017 to discuss the feedback received during the public engagement process and the key areas where there were many different views as identified by the advisory board. Through facilitated group discussions, participants collaborated on ways the program can be more responsive to the needs of Northerners.
- The Nutrition North Canada Indigenous Working Group was launched in May, 2017. This working group includes 14 national and regional indigenous organizations and program officials, and will work together to co-develop options to help Nutrition North Canada work better for Northerners.