With ice conditions interrupting marine service for the Strait of Belle Isle, the provincial government has implemented its Air Foodlift Subsidy Program (AFS) for the South Coast-Straits of Labrador.
The program was established by the province in 1997 to ensure that nutritious, perishable items such as fruit, vegetables and dairy products are available to Labrador’s coastal communities. Under the program, a subsidy is paid to retail stores to offset the high cost of flying perishable foods into remote communities. Retailers are required to pass these savings on to the consumer on the cost of goods sold.
The province's AFS policy states that if for some reason (inclement weather or mechanical failure) there is a stoppage of scheduled crossings of a marine vessel for an extended period of time, retailers in affected communities are eligible to participate in the AFS program.
The provincial government has announced that the program is effective today for retailers on the South Coast-Straits of Labrador and will remain in effect for five days after regular scheduled marine service returns.
Retailers seeking further information can contact the Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs Office program co-ordinator Jeannine Chaulk at 709-896-1780.