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Inuvialuit Settlement Region Food Costing Research Project

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Summary of the Initiative

Between November 2014 and Feb. 2016 six workers (one in each ISR community) recorded the costs of food in their local grocery stores based on a list of about 100 commonly bought items in standard sizes. The recordings happened about every 3 month to 4 months , for a total of 4 times.


On-going availability of funding.


Consistent, high quality, community led pricing monitoring.

107 MacKenzie Rd Inuvik Canada X0E0T0

Jullian MacLean

(867) 777-7013

[email protected]

Lead Organization

  • Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Other Groups / Organizations
  • Local grocery stores (allow costing to occur)
Other Collaborators

  • University of Ottawa

Primary Goals

  • To compare community gathered food prices to quarter annual reports from the federal government.
  • To attempt to capture large variation in food prices or extreme food prices
  • To obtain information about important food security factors not record in federal reports e.g. gas and oil prices / availability of country food in grocery stores.


  • Short term (up to 1 year)

Funding Sources

  • The University of Ottawa.