Paying for nutrition


Gigi Veeraraghavan, Dr. Kristin Burnett, Dr. Kelly Skinner, Dr. Patty Williams, Dr. Debbie Martin, Aliya Jamal, Megan Ramsay, Christopher Stothart


Food Secure Canada (FSC)




Access to affordable and nutritious food has been recognized as a basic human right in Canada. On-reserve households, especially in the provincial and far north, are experiencing a crisis in food security. Food Secure Canada used participatory food costing as a tool to examine the cost of healthy eating, as well as to advance discussions on the affordability of a nutritious diet in northern on-reserve and rural communities.

To date, no comprehensive data exist on the cost of accessing a healthy diet via the retail food environment for rural and northern on-reserve Indigenous households. In June, 2015, the Paying for Nutrition project examined the cost of the Revised Nutritious Food Basket (RNFB) in five northern communities.

Paying for Nutrition represents the first time that food costing data has been collected from the remote, on-reserve Mushkegowuk Territories along the James Bay coast in Ontario in a comprehensive manner. Paying for Nutrition delivers shocking statistics on the cost of food in northern communities.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.

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