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Name of lead department(s): Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

Lead department program: Northern Governance and People

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: April 1, 2011

End date of the Horizontal Initiative: Ongoing

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date): $301,350,000 over five years

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

The objective of AANDC's food subsidy program is to make healthy foods more accessible and affordable to residents of isolated northern communities.

Registered retailers in the North, country food processors/distributors located in eligible communities and food suppliers in the South who supply small retailers, institutions and individuals in these isolated communities can apply for a subsidy based on the weight of eligible foods shipped by air to eligible northern communities. These subsidies are to be passed on to northern consumers by appropriate reductions in the selling prices of eligible foods. The terms of the funding arrangements with AANDC's subsidy recipients (northern and southern retailers/wholesalers) are governed by contribution agreements.

Since price is not the only factor that influences consumption, the program will be supported by targeted Health Canada initiatives that encourage the purchase, preparation and consumption of healthy foods. Funding will flow to communities via contribution agreements with Aboriginal communities/organizations and/or territorial governments.

Shared outcome(s):

By making nutritious foods more accessible and affordable, the program seeks to increase their consumption and contribute to better overall health of both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations.

The subsidy is expected to help lower the prices of nutritious foods in the North. Lower prices for nutritious foods in combination with complementary nutrition education activities are expected to increase consumption of healthy foods in the short to medium terms. In the longer term, the program expects that more individuals living in eligible communities will adopt healthier eating patterns that will help lower the rates of chronic and infectious diseases.

Governance structure(s):

An Oversight Committee and an External Advisory Board were created to provide direction and oversight for the new program. The role of the Oversight Committee is to monitor the achievement of program objectives and the effectiveness of cost-containment measures, and provide strategic direction to program managers on program policy and operational matters. AANDC chairs the committee and seeks advice from Health Canada on health and nutrition-related issues and from Transport Canada on transportation-related issues.

The Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board comprises five to seven members who represent the perspectives and interests of northern residents and communities in relation to the management and effectiveness of the program.

Planning Highlights:

The Nutrition North Canada program supports access to perishable, nutritious food by providing a retail subsidy for eligible products. It supports the work of the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board to ensure that the perspectives and interests of northern residents and communities are considered in managing the program. As well, the program educates residents in eligible communities about nutrition and healthy eating to transfer skills to choose and prepare nutritious foods.

Federal Partner: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Federal Partner Program Names of Programs for Federal Partners ($)
Total Allocation
(from Start to End Date)
Planned Spending for
2014–2015
Northern Governance and People Nutrition North 286,850,000 (over 5 years) $68,370,000

 

Expected results by program:

In 2014–2015, AANDC will align its actions with the the following result:

The Department will accomplish this by:

Federal Partner: Health Canada

Federal Partner Program Names of Programs for Federal Partners ($)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for
2014–2015
First Nations and Inuit Primary Health Care Nutrition North Canada - Nutrition Education Initiatives 14,500,000 from 2011–2012 to 2015–2016, and 2,900,000 ongoing 2,900,000

 

Expected results by program:

In 2014–2015, Health Canada will align its actions with the following expected result:

The Department will accomplish this by:

This information will be collected through the NNC annual reporting template for the nutrition education initiatives.

Total Allocation For All Federal Partners (from Start to End Date) ($) Total Planned Spending for All Federal Partners for 2014–2015 ($)
301,350,000 71, 270,000

 

Results to be achieved by non-federal partners (if applicable):

In fulfillment of its mandate, the Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board will hold face-to-face meetings and public sessions in northern communities. The results of the face-to-face meetings will be conveyed in letters to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development in which advice and recommendations will be included, as warranted.

Contact information:

Stephen van Dine
Director General Devolution and Territorial Relations
Northern Affairs Organizations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Telephone: (819) 997-0223
Stephen.VanDine@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

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