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External review of Nutrition North food subsidy program possible, minister says – CBC

Feb 28, 2024

Minister Dan Vandal responds to allegations that subsidy is not always passed entirely to northerners

Canada’s northern affairs minister says his department may order an external audit of the Nutrition North food subsidy program, “if necessary.”

Minister Dan Vandal was responding to allegations, recently reported by CBC’s The Fifth Estate, that some northern retailers are not passing all of the subsidies on to customers, as intended under the program.

Vandal vowed to fix the problem, “if the allegations are true.”

“There’s already been several external reviews [of Nutrition North] over the last few years that have been quite favourable. But that doesn’t mean there’s not room for improvement,” Vandal told Radio-Canada on Tuesday.

“If things have changed, if circumstances have changed since then, then we will go for another external review if we feel we have to.”

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