Nutrition North Canada

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Lead department(s): Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Federal partner organization(s): Health Canada

Non-federal and non-governmental partners: Not applicable

Start date of the horizontal initiative: April 1, 2011

End date of the horizontal initiative: Ongoing

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date) in dollars: $315,927,825 over five years

Funding contributed by non-federal and non-governmental partners: Not applicable

Description of the horizontal initiative: The objective of INAC's food subsidy program is to help make perishable, nutritious food more accessible and affordable for residents of eligible isolated northern communities without year-round marine or road access.

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 eligible 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 Nutrition North Canada Program — National Manual will govern the terms of the funding agreements with INAC's subsidy recipients (northern and southern retailers/wholesalers).

Since price is not the only factor that influences purchasing patterns, the Program is 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 Indigenous communities and organizations, and/or territorial governments.

Shared outcome(s): The ultimate outcome of the Program is to strengthen the nutritional choices and overall health of isolated northern communities through the food subsidy delivered by INAC and the targeted nutrition education initiatives delivered by Health Canada.

Governance structure(s): The Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board gives Northerners a direct voice in the Program. The Board provides information and advice to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to help guide the direction and activities of the Program, and to ensure that northern residents receive its full benefits. Members of the Board collectively represent the perspectives and interests of northern residents and communities in relation to the management and effectiveness of the Program. Members serve in their own right, as volunteers and not as representatives of any particular organization, area or special interest. Members are appointed for a three-year term.

Planning highlights: The Nutrition North Canada Program supports access to perishable, nutritious foods by providing retailers and suppliers registered with the program a subsidy to alleviate the high cost of stocking and supplying eligible items in isolated communities. 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 the management of the Program. In addition, the Program funds nutrition education activities in First Nations and Inuit communities eligible for the full retail subsidy under Nutrition North Canada, to increase knowledge of healthy eating and to develop skills to choose and prepare nutritious foods.

Results to be achieved by non-federal and non-governmental partners: Not Applicable

Planning Information
Federal partners Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Contributing activities/programs Total allocation (from start date to end date) (dollars) Planned Spending 2016–2017 (dollars) Expected Results (ER) including Performance Indicators (PI) and Targets (T) 2016–2017
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Program 4.1: Northern Governance and People
Sub-Program 4.1.2: Nutrition North
Nutrition North 301,427,825 57,151,800 ER1 — PI1.1 — T1.1.1

ER2 — PI2.1 — T2.1.1
PI2.2 — T2.2.1
PI2.3 — T2.3.1
See below
Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Primary Health Care
(PAA 3.1.1.3 First Nations and Inuit Healthy Living)
Nutrition North Canada Nutrition Education Initiatives 14,500,000
(2011–2012 to 2015–2016, and ongoing annually at 2,900,000)
2,900,000 ER1 — PI1.1 — T1.1.1

ER2 — PI 2.1 — T2.1.1
PI 2.2 — T2.2.1
See below
Total for all federal organizations 315,927,825 60,051,800  
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets
ER1: Affordability of perishable, nutritious food in eligible communities is strengthened. (PAA 4.1) PI1.1: Annual trend of the Revised Northern Food Basket T1.1.1: At or below the annual trend (increase/decrease) for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket for food by March 31, 2017
ER2: Residents in eligible communities have access to nutritious perishable food at a subsidized rate. (PAA 4.1.2) PI2.1: Percentage of compliance/audit reports demonstrating that subsidies have been fully passed on to consumers T2.1.1: 100% by March 31, 2017
PI2.2: Percentage implementation of the new requirement for major northern retailers to show subsidy saving at the till receipt T2.2.1: 100% by March 31, 2017
PI2.3: Annual percentage variation in the quantity of subsidized items shipped by air T2.3.1: 3 to 5% by March 31, 2017
Health Canada
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets
ER1: Residents in eligible communities have knowledge of healthy eating and skills and are choosing and preparing healthy foods. PI1.1: Percentage of funding recipients reporting knowledge of healthy eating and skills among residents in eligible communities. T1.1.1: Target for knowledge and skills will be established after first data collection in 2016–2017.
ER2: Residents in eligible communities have access to retail and community based nutrition education initiatives PI2.1: Number of communities promoting nutrition education activities T2.1.1: 100% of funding recipients are promoting and offering nutrition education activities by March 31, 2017
PI2.2: Number and types of activities (by target population groups, venues) T2.2.1:Funding recipients provide activities to 2 or more target populations (e.g. women, seniors, children, and youth) in 2 or more venues (e.g. grocery stores, schools, on the land).

Contact information

Diane Robinson
Director, Nutrition North Canada
Northern Affairs Organizations
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Telephone: 819-934-3171
Diane.Robinson@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Michelle Mazerolle
Team Lead, Healthy Living/Healthy Child Development, Population Health and Primary Care Directorate
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Health Canada
Telephone: 613-859-5220
Michelle.Mazerolle@hc-sc.gc.ca

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