Paying for Nutrition

Affiliated Projects

Paying for Nutrition

Funded by Industry Canada, the project will define methodology, conduct research, and produce a report about the cost of healthy foods in aboriginal communities in Nova Scotia.


As demonstrated by the Council of Canadian Academies recent report on Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada, food insecurity in the north is a crisis in need of urgent attention.

Logo - Food Secure CanadaFood Secure Canada (FSC) has convened and supported the Northern and Remote Food Network for the past 5 years in order to share information and develop collective projects to impact policy that affects food security and food sovereignty in northern and remote communities.

Infographic – Food Costs In Northern Ontario Indigenous Communities

The network and its members have identified food costing research as a need to support their work locally, regionally and nationally. Food costing involves gathering the prices of different foods to assess the cost of eating a basic healthy diet (more information is available here).

While food costing methods are well developed for ‘southern’ Canada using the 2008 National Nutritious Food Basket (NNFB), many believe that the Revised Northern Food Basket (RNFB) does not adequately reflect the realities in Northern Canada, in particular the reliance on traditional / country foods to meet food needs. As a consequence, many local efforts are under way to revise food costing.

Goals of Project

  • Develop guidelines that improve the nutritious food basket methodology in the north and determine if data can be compared across regions.
  • Study affordability of nutritious food basket (compared to cost of living).
  • Apply and promote participatory food costing methods where feasible.

To learn more, visit Paying for Nutrition.

Publications & Resources

Report Cover - Paying for Nutrition: A Report on Food Costing in the North

Paying for Nutrition:
A Report on Food Costing in the North

This report provides an analysis of food costing data in Northern Ontario, highlighting that one of the major factors contributing to food insecurity in northern First Nations populations is elevated cost of food.

View the 2016 Report on Food Secure Canada»
(PDF, 11.2 MB | 70 pages)

Infographic – Food Costs In Northern Ontario Indigenous Communities »
(PDF, 49 MB | 1 page)

FoodARC News Release – September 2016 »