Fort Chipewyan residents will be getting a break on groceries beginning October 1 of this year.
Nutrition North Canada will be expanded to include an additional 37 isolated Northern communities which will be eligible for the full subsidy and the RMWB hamlet is on that list.
NNC works with stores in the north and suppliers in the south to provide perishable, nutritious food like fruit and vegetables and “country” or traditional food like Arctic Char and caribou.
To be eligible, a community must lack year-round surface transportation and have used Food Mail, the previous Northern Affairs subsidy program.
Fort Chipewyan’s only accessible surface transportation is the winter road usually open from December to March.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Catherine McKenna says the changes will help more families have access to affordable and nutritious food.
The changes are part of the federal government’s Budget 2016 which will see an additional $64.5 million go to the NNC over five years beginning this year and $13.8 million a year ongoing from 2021.