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Eligible Food and Non-Food Items Expanded – March 9, 2021

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The list of items eligible for a subsidy under Nutrition North Canada has been expanded to include all food, as well as essential non-food items originally eligible under the Food Mail Program. This expanded list will be effective from April 1, 2021 until October, 1 2012.

Subsidy rates, developed on a per community basis, were established to allocate the program's budget fairly and equitably. A higher subsidy level will be applied to the most nutritious, perishable foods such as fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, milk and eggs. Eligible foods with longer shelf-lives, such as all-purpose flour, crackers, and frozen combination foods such as pizza and lasagna will be subsidized at a lower level.

These temporary adjustments to the eligibility list will help ease the transition to the Nutrition North Canada program. With two additional sea-lift seasons prior to the full implementation of Nutrition North Canada in October 2012, Northern consumers can be assured they will have access to the goods they need.

Food Group Food Mail Program Transition Period April 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021 Subsidy Level
Fruits and Vegetables Perishable
Fresh vegetables Yes Yes High
Whole pumpkins Yes Yes Low
Frozen vegetables Yes Yes High
Fresh and frozen fruit Yes Yes High
Fresh juice (pure or reconstituted) Yes Yes Low
Frozen juice concentrate Yes Yes High
Juice in TetraPaks and similar containers (250 ml or less) Yes Yes High
Juice in TetraPaks and similar containers (larger than 250 ml) Yes Yes Low
Dried fruit Yes Yes High
Unseasoned dried vegetables Yes Yes High
Canned vegetables and fruit Yes Yes Low
Unsweetened juice in bottles or cans Yes Yes Low
Grain Products Perishable
Cook-type cereals Yes Yes High
Bread and bread products without sweetened filling or coating (e.g., bagels, English muffins, bread rolls, raisin bread, hamburger and hot dog buns, tortillas, wraps, pizza crusts, frozen bread dough) Yes Yes High
Fresh and frozen pasta Yes Yes Low
Croissants and garlic bread Yes Yes Low
Crackers, crisp bread, hard bread, Pilot biscuits, melba toast Yes Yes Low
Arrowroot and social tea cookies Yes Yes Low
Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals Yes Yes High
All-purpose flour Yes Yes Low
Whole wheat, rye and other semi-perishable flours Yes Yes Low
Cake and pastry flour Yes Yes Low
Dry rice, dry pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, noodles), other grains, popping corn (unpopped) Yes Yes Low
Prepared mixes for cakes, pancakes, muffins, bread and rolls, bannock, pizza Yes Yes Low
Milk and Alternatives Perishable
Milk – fresh (including buttermilk and chocolate), UHT, and powdered Yes Yes High
Yogurt and yogurt drinks Yes Yes High
Fortified soy beverages Yes Yes High
Cheese, processed cheese, cottage cheese Yes Yes High
Cream, sour cream, cream cheese Yes Yes Low
Ice cream and ice milk, sherbet, frozen yogurt Yes Yes Low
Canned evaporated milk Yes Yes High
Canned condensed sweetened milk Yes Yes Low
Processed cheese spreads Yes Yes Low
Meat and Alternatives Perishable
Fresh and frozen meat and poultry, frozen fish, including fish sticks and fish cakes, country food, peameal and back bacon, and cured and smoked products Yes Yes High
Bacon (pork and poultry) Yes Yes Low
Eggs and egg substitutes Yes Yes High
Unsweetened seeds and nuts Yes Yes High
Peanut butter Yes Yes High
Tofu and vegetable-based meat substitutes Yes Yes High
Canned meat, fish and poultry Yes Yes Low
Canned or dried legumes Yes Yes Low
Oils and Fats Perishable
Butter Yes Yes Low
Soft, non-hydrogenated margarine Yes Yes High
Hydrogenated margarine, hard or soft Yes Yes Low
Salad dressing, mayonnaise Yes Yes Low
Lard, shortening Yes Yes Low
Cooking oil Yes Yes Low
Combination Foods Perishable
Fresh and frozen combinations of eligible perishable foods (e.g. pizza, frozen dinners) Yes Yes Low
Dips Yes Yes Low
Canned soup, stew, corned beef hash, dried soup mixes Yes Yes Low
Macaroni and cheese dinners, noodle mixes, pizza mixes Yes Yes Low
Spreads and sauces Yes Yes Low
Other Perishable
Plain water Yes No  
Prescription drugs Yes Yes Low
Non-prescription drugs Yes Yes Low
Yeast for bread-making Yes Yes Low
Infant formula, cereal and other foods prepared specially for infants Yes Yes High
Artificial sweeteners Yes Yes Low
Spices, salt, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch Yes Yes Low
Jam, honey, syrups, toppings (excluding artificial cream products) Yes Yes Low
Flavourings, extracts Yes Yes Low
Jelly powders, pudding mixes, puddings (canned or ready-to-eat) Yes Yes Low
Condiments, ketchup, vinegar, relish, pickles Yes Yes Low
Coffee, tea Yes Yes Low
Fruit drink crystals with vitamin C added Yes Yes Low

Non-Food Items

Product Type Food Mail Program Transition Period
April 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021
Subsidy Level
Infant Care Products Diapers, wipes Yes Yes Low
Other Paper Products Feminine hygiene products, disposable undergarments, toilet paper, nursing pads Yes Yes Low
Dental Care Items Toothpaste, dental floss, denture adhesive and cleaner, toothbrushes Yes Yes Low
Other Personal Care Items Hand and body lotions, soap, shampoo, deodorant Yes Yes Low
Household Items Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid and powder Yes Yes Low
Nutrition Supplements Vitamins, minerals (except meal replacements, power bars, energy bars) Yes Yes Low
Medical Products Medical devices Yes Yes Low
Hunting/Fishing Equipment Fishing nets, rods and lures, snowmobile, ATV and outboard motor parts Yes No  


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