Changes to the List of Products Eligible for Shipment Under the Food Mail Program Effective October 3, 2010

As of October 3, 2010, non-food items, most non-perishable foods and some perishable foods of little nutritional value will no longer be eligible for subsidized airlift to eligible communities under the Food Mail Program.

Items identified with an asterisk (*) will remain eligible for communities without marine service after October 3, 2010, until March 31, 2011.

Food Group Eligible before October 3, 2010 Eligible as of October 3, 2010 Comments
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES Perishable
Fresh vegetables Yes Yes  
Whole pumpkins Yes No  
Frozen vegetables Yes Yes Includes frozen French fries
Fresh and frozen fruit Yes Yes  
Fresh juice (pure or reconstituted) Yes Yes Must be without added sugar
Frozen juice concentrate Yes Yes
Juice in TetraPaks and similar containers Yes Yes
Non-Perishable
Dried fruit Yes Yes Examples: raisins, dates, apricots
Unseasoned dried vegetables Yes Yes Examples: onion flakes, dried vegetable mixes, instant potato flakes, seaweed
Canned vegetables and fruit* Yes No *These items remain eligible only for communities without marine service until March 31, 2011.
Unsweetened juice in bottles or cans* Yes No
GRAIN PRODUCTS Perishable
Cook-type cereals Yes Yes  
Bread and bread products without sweetened filling or coating (e.g., bagels, English muffins, bread rolls, raisin bread, hamburger and hot dog buns, tortillas, wraps, pizza crusts, frozen bread dough) Yes Yes  
Croissants and garlic bread Yes No  
Non-Perishable
Crackers, crispbread, hard bread, Pilot biscuits, melba toast Yes Yes  
Arrowroot and social tea cookies Yes Yes  
Fresh and frozen pasta Yes Yes  
Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals Yes Yes  
All-purpose flour Yes Yes  
Whole wheat, rye and other semi-perishable flours Yes Yes  
Cake and pastry flour* Yes No *These items remain eligible only for communities without marine service until March 31, 2011. 
Dry rice, dry pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, noodles), other grains, popping corn (unpopped)* Yes No
Prepared mixes for cakes, pancakes, muffins, bread and rolls, bannock* Yes No
MILK AND ALTERNATIVES Perishable
Milk – fresh, UHT, buttermilk, chocolate, powdered Yes Yes  
Yogurt and yogurt drinks Yes Yes  
Fortified soy beverages Yes Yes  
Cheese, processed cheese, cottage cheese Yes Yes  
Processed cheese spreads Yes No  
Cream, sour cream, cream cheese Yes No  
Ice cream and ice milk, sherbet, frozen yogurt Yes No  
Non-Perishable
Canned evaporated milk Yes Yes  
Canned sweetened condensed milk* Yes No *This item remains eligible only for communities without marine service until March 31, 2011.
MEAT AND ALTERNATIVES Perishable
Fresh and frozen meat and poultry, and frozen fish, including fish sticks and fish cakes, country food, peameal and back bacon, cured and smoked products Yes Yes Excludes fresh fish and products that are in pastry, breaded or battered
Side Bacon (pork and poultry) Yes No Bacon in strips, usually in 250g, 500g and 1kg sizes
Eggs and e.g. substitutes Yes Yes  
Unsweetened seeds and nuts Yes Yes  
Peanut butter Yes Yes  
Tofu and vegetable-based meat substitutes Yes Yes Examples: vegetable patties, nut burgers
Non-Perishable
Canned meat, fish and poultry* Yes No *These items remain eligible only for communities without marine service until March 31, 2011.
Canned or dried legumes* Yes No
OILS AND FATS Perishable
Butter Yes Yes  
Soft, non-hydrogenated margarine Yes Yes  
Hydrogenated margarine, hard or soft Yes No
Salad dressing, mayonnaise Yes Yes  
Non-Perishable
Lard, shortening Yes Yes  
Cooking oil Yes Yes Examples: canola, olive
COMBINATION FOODS Perishable
Fresh and frozen combinations of eligible perishable foods (i.e. pizza, frozen dinners) Yes Yes Excludes those containing products that are breaded, battered or in pastry or desserts, poutine, prepared sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, prepared salads, other prepared foods for immediate consumption that are subject to GST 
Dips Yes No  
Non-Perishable
Fresh and frozen combination foods containing rice or pasta Yes Yes  
Canned soup, pasta, stew, corned beef hash, dried soup mixes* Yes No *These items remain eligible only for communities without marine service until March 31, 2011. 
Pasta, macaroni and cheese dinners, noodle mixes, pizza mixes* Yes No
Spreads and sauces* Yes No
OTHER Perishable
Plain water Yes No  
Prescription drugs Yes No  
Non-prescription drugs Yes Yes Examples: cough medicine, pain relief tablets
Yeast for bread making Yes Yes  
Infant formula, cereal and other foods prepared specially for infants Yes Yes  
Non-Perishable
Artificial sweeteners Yes Yes  
Spices, salt, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch* Yes No *These items remain eligible only for communities without marine service until March 31, 2011.
Jam, honey, syrups, toppings (excluding artificial cream products)* Yes No
Flavourings, extracts* Yes No
Jelly powders, pudding mixes, puddings (canned or ready-to-eat)* Yes No
Condiments, ketchup, vinegar, relish, pickles Yes No
Coffee, tea* Yes No
Fruit drink crystals with vitamin C added* Yes No


Product Type Non-Food Items Eligible before October 3, 2010 Eligible as of October 3, 2010 Comments
Infant care products Diapers, wipes* Yes No *These items remain eligible only for communities without marine service until March 31, 2011.
Other paper products Feminine hygiene products, disposable undergarments, toilet paper, nursing pads* Yes No
Dental care items Toothpaste, dental floss, denture adhesive and cleaner, toothbrushes* Yes No
Other personal care items Hand and body lotions, soap, shampoo, deodorant* Yes No
Household items Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid and powder* Yes No
Nutrition supplements Vitamins, minerals (except meal replacements, power bars, energy bars)* Yes No
Medical products Medical devices* Yes No
Hunting/ fishing equipment Fishing nets, rods and lures, snowmobile, ATV and outboard motor parts* Yes No