Northern food insecurity remains a significant concern for Food Banks Canada.
Food Banks Canada has worked tirelessly over the last few years to suggest ways to improve the Nutrition North program and northern food insecurity in general, and we are encouraged to see the recent announcements by the government to bolster and improve the Nutrition North program. These changes should reduce the cost of food in many northern communities and is a step in the right direction.
However, these improvements to Nutrition North alone will not be enough to reduce levels of food insecurity, which are as high as 46.8% in Nunavutx. These changes must be combined with further policy initiatives by the federal government (such as those recommended in this report) to increase the incomes of those living in the North if we are to truly succeed in reducing the unacceptably high level of food insecurity in northern communities.
Food Banks Canada will be monitoring the new changes to Nutrition North over the coming year and will continue to work with the federal government on this important issue.
Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. We do this by maximizing the collective impact of the network, strengthening the local capacity of food banks, and advocating to reduce the need for food banks.