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Addressing the Cost of Living in Nunavut Discussion Paper April 2003

Addressing the Cost of Living in Nunavut Discussion Paper April 2003

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Published by George Lessard
Addressing the Cost of Living in Nunavut Discussion Paper Four
Prepared for the Nunavut Employees Union
By: Alison Rogan
April 2003
[excerpt]
• In Nunavut, households spend 84% more on groceries than they do in Southern Canada.
• Households spend twice as much of total household expenditures on food in Nunavut compared to the rest of Canada. This is because household incomes are lower on average and prices are higher.
• Higher expenditures on food are a result of the cost to ship and store food items, and because households are larger.
• Private housing, whether in the form of home ownership or private rental agreements, costs 31% more than in Southern Canada.
• Nunavummiut spend double what southern Canadians do on heat, electricity and water. This is a result of the higher costs of fuel, electricity and water, and also because Nunavut is colder and darker than most other parts of Canada.
• While Nunavut households spend about the same amount on telephone and internet communications as southern Canadian households, they get much less service for their dollar .
• Nunavut households spend 43% more on child care services than southern Canadian households because the population is younger.
• Expenditures on household supplies like toilet paper and cleaning materials are 84% higher in Nunavut than in southern Canada because of shipping and storage costs, and because households are larger.
• Nunavut households spend six (6) times more on diapers than southern Canadian households. Again, this is a result of the very young population of Nunavut.
• More is spent on children’s clothing and accessories in Nunavut than in Southern Canada, but less is spent on adult clothing
Addressing the Cost of Living in Nunavut Discussion Paper Four
Prepared for the Nunavut Employees Union
By: Alison Rogan
April 2003
[excerpt]
• In Nunavut, households spend 84% more on groceries than they do in Southern Canada.
• Households spend twice as much of total household expenditures on food in Nunavut compared to the rest of Canada. This is because household incomes are lower on average and prices are higher.
• Higher expenditures on food are a result of the cost to ship and store food items, and because households are larger.
• Private housing, whether in the form of home ownership or private rental agreements, costs 31% more than in Southern Canada.
• Nunavummiut spend double what southern Canadians do on heat, electricity and water. This is a result of the higher costs of fuel, electricity and water, and also because Nunavut is colder and darker than most other parts of Canada.
• While Nunavut households spend about the same amount on telephone and internet communications as southern Canadian households, they get much less service for their dollar .
• Nunavut households spend 43% more on child care services than southern Canadian households because the population is younger.
• Expenditures on household supplies like toilet paper and cleaning materials are 84% higher in Nunavut than in southern Canada because of shipping and storage costs, and because households are larger.
• Nunavut households spend six (6) times more on diapers than southern Canadian households. Again, this is a result of the very young population of Nunavut.
• More is spent on children’s clothing and accessories in Nunavut than in Southern Canada, but less is spent on adult clothing

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Published by: George Lessard on Oct 28, 2012
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