Research Snapshot: Policy Change Impacts on Food Insecurity in Northern Canada

Summary of a study on the impact of the transition from the Food Mail Program to Nutrition North Canada on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous families

March 14, 2024

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Northern Canada has a high prevalence of food insecurity, particularly among the Indigenous population. To address this, the federal government subsidizes the shipping of foods and non-food necessities to northern communities, where year-round access to surface transportation is limited. Originally covered through the Food Mail Program, subsidization was changed under Nutrition North Canada in April 2011.

This study examines the impact of the policy change from the Food Mail Program to Nutrition North Canada on Indigenous and non-Indigenous families, particularly families with children.

This research builds on our growing understanding of the Family Wellbeing component of the Vanier Institute’s Family Diversities and Wellbeing Framework.

Daley, A., Pandey, S., Phipps, S., & Watson, B. (2024, February 14). From the Food Mail Program to Nutrition North Canada: The impact on food insecurity among Indigenous and non‐Indigenous families with children. Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d’économique, 57(1), 27–54. https://doi.org/10.1111/caje.12688

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