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Price of Baby Formula Must be Regulated in Nova Scotia

May 1, 2024

Prices of baby formula in Nova Scotia are above the national average and are the highest in the Maritime provinces.

Prices of baby formula in Nova Scotia are above the national average and are the highest in the Maritime provinces, underscoring the need for prices to be regulated in Nova Scotia.


On April 13, Opposition Leader Zach Churchill wrote to Premier Houston and Prime Minister Trudeau, calling on both governments to work on a plan that would regulate the price of baby formula for families. New figures from Statistics Canada show the poverty rate in Nova Scotia has increased by 52 per cent in just one year and 38 per cent of Nova Scotians are food insecure. These sobering statistics highlight the desperate situation families face right now.


“The rising and unpredictable price increases of baby formula are creating a scary situation for families across Nova Scotia,” said Churchill. “When families have to buy formula, it’s not a choice – it’s a necessity. Both levels of government need to work together to ensure families can afford to feed their babies.”


Doctors have said that parents are trying to save money by rationing baby formula, which could lead to serious and long-term health complications for infants.


“Food insecurity directly impacts the health and well-being of Nova Scotians. Ensuring families have access to baby formula should be top of mind if this government is laser- focused on healthcare,” said Health and Wellness critic Kelly Regan. “Baby formula is a medically necessary product, and it should be price-regulated as such.”

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