True North Calling

Finding sustainable food in Canada's North

Hunting, farming, and fishing are key to fresh, affordable, sustainable food in Canada's North.

Groceries can run up a hefty bill

Finding food up North

6 years ago
Duration 1:29
Hunting, farming, and fishing are key to fresh, affordable and sustainable food in Canada's north.

When a combo at McDonald's costs $27.50 and apples are $10.99 a kilogram, it's a sign to find food elsewhere.

In Canada's North groceries can run up a hefty bill due to an increasing dependence on imported goods. On CBC's True North Calling we meet northerners who use hunting, farming, and fishing to source fresh and sustainable food.

Here are some food prices in Iqaluit (from 2014): 

  • 2 litres of orange juice: $26.29
  • Chicken: $17 per kilogram ($7 across Canada)
  • 2.5 kg bag of flour: $13 ($5 across Canada)
  • 4 litres of milk: $12.39, with a sign advising shoppers it would have been $20.91 without a federal subsidy ($3.99 elsewhere in Canada)
  • McDonald's combo: $27.50

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