Nunavut Food Prices: Most Basic Groceries Are Pricier Than Many Trendy Foods

Some basic items now cost triple in Nunavut what they do in the rest of the country.

High food prices have hit Canadians hard this year, and nowhere is the problem worse than in Nunavut.

For years, the northern territory has made headlines with its shocking food prices — $28 for a head of cabbage, $82 for a case of ginger ale, $500 for a family's groceries — for just a week.

New numbers from the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics show that the problem's not getting any better. In some cases, it's actually getting worse.

There are food staples that now cost triple in Nunavut what they do in the rest of the country. For example, the average price of a can of tomatoes is $1.60 across Canada, but it's $5.32 in Nunavut. And a bag of sugar — which would be around $2.69 in other areas — goes for $9.65 in the northern territory.

The sticker shock is even more obvious when you compare basic goods in Nunavut with "big-city" splurges or speciality items in the rest of Canada.

$7.43 for a box of soda crackers in Nunavut

$10.90 for a bag of coffee in Nunavut

$7.26 for a stick of butter in Nunavut

$13.70 for a bag of flour in Nunavut

$2.98 for a single can of soup in Nunavut

The lack of affordable groceries takes a toll. Food insecurity, or not having reliable access to meals, affects a third of all people in Nunavut, according to advocacy group Feeding Nunavut. This leads to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, as well as lower life expectancy.

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