Gjoa Haven has the most expensive groceries among 10 communities in Nunavut, according to data from the first food price survey by the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics.

The survey compared the cost of certain food items in the communities this past spring.


Peppers are weighed at a grocery store in Iqaluit. A food price survey by the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics found Iqaluit had the cheapest groceries at $216 for the 28 surveyed items. (CBC)

The shopping list included 28 items — things such as milk, eggs, vegetables, bacon and Pilot biscuits.

In Gjoa Haven, the total bill would be $255. Pangnirtung had the second-most expensive groceries, followed by Arctic Bay.

Iqaluit had the cheapest set of groceries at $216. 

Food in Nunavut's larger communities — Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Baker Lake — were just slightly more expensive than Iqaluit.

The food price survey was announced last spring as a pilot project.