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NDP turning Nutrition North criticism into action

Nutrition North has been in the hot seat the past few weeks, and now the NDP are doing something about it. They have presented a motion to make some changes to the program, which comes on the heels of their Respect the North campaign. A New Democrat sparked Auditor General report showed that Nutrition North didn’t have a lot of impact when it comes to food costs, and lacked transparency and accountability.

The motion asks for:

– Immediately including in the Nutrition North Canada program the 50 isolated Northern communities accessible only by air that are not currently eligible for the full subsidy
– Initiating a comprehensive review of the Nutrition North program, with Northerners as full partners, to determine ways of directly providing the subsidy to Northern residents and to improve supports for traditional foods
– Creating equitable program-eligibility criteria for Northern communities based on their real circumstances
– Providing sufficient funding to meet the needs of all Northern communities
– Working with all Northerners to develop a sustainable solution to food insecurity

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