Report says northern indigenous food costs too high

OTTAWA — A new report says people living in Ontario’s remote north spend more than half their income on food.

The report, from Food Secure Canada, found northern reserve homes had to spend 50% of the household income for a basic nutritious diet.

A healthy food basket for a family of four in Attawapiskat can come up to as much as $2000 compared to about $800 for the same amount of food in Toronto.

The report says reducing food prices in the north is unlikely to resolve the issue and says making healthy foods accessible is the proper solution.

Food Secure Canada is calling on all levels of Canadian governments to make food access a basic human right.

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