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What can we buy and at what cost?

The price of store-bought foods is higher in the North than it is in most other parts of Canada, and in Yukon it is higher in rural communities than in Whitehorse. Having enough to eat and being able to afford nutritious meals can be difficult for low-income families. 61% of low income families in Yukon reported that they either ran out of food or worried that they would run out of food before the next cheque, or were unable to afford healthy foods.

A survey of Yukon parents of school-aged children found that rural Yukoners were more likely to hunt, fish and gather, and have vegetable gardens than people living in Whitehorse. Rural residents are also very likely to come to Whitehorse to shop in larger grocery stores because of the cost, quality and variety of foods that are available. But these trips add to the cost of eating well.

Some ideas to help reduce costs and increase variety:

  • Buy larger quantities of food and divide them up with friends and family
  • Get a few friends together for an afternoon and make enough for 3 or 4 meals to share
  • If you come into Whitehorse from rural Yukon to shop, share the driving and the cost of gas with a friend. Take advantage of the drive to get “caught up” on each other’s lives.
  • Form a bulk buying club with family, friends or neighbours
  • Start a neighbourhood or community garden or  greenhouse
  • Talk with the local store owner about what foods you’d like to see more of, and what foods you’d like to see less of

For more good tips, see

Eat Well for Less! PDF icon

– a booklet that provides lots of great information about how to stretch the food budget.


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