07/30/2013 12:44 EDT | Updated 09/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Auditor General to review Nutrition North program

Canada’s Auditor General has agreed to do a performance review of the federal Nutrition North Canada program.

The program was instated in April 2011 and replaced the old Food Mail program, which had been in place for decades. It is meant to provide subsidies on foods across the North.

However, since the program came into place, there have been protests about the rising cost of food, and legislatures in all three territories have requested a review of the program.

Six MPs from northern ridings requested the review, including Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington.

In a news release, Bevington said food support programs are essential for isolated northern communities.

“The crisis in the cost of living in the North is especially difficult in communities that rely on air freight for their supplies,” he said.

The auditor’s report is expected to be released in the fall of 2014.