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In this video, Peter Ouellette, from the Western Regional Council, describes the North of 60 Project. He invites you to meet Michelle, Ruth Anne, Elizabeth, and David from the Northwest Territories and also Helen, Keith, Lu-Ann, and Dorothy from Nunavut. Take a few minutes to visit them, through this video. See their environment, learn about their works and feel their gratitude.
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Food prices in communities north of the 60th parallel can be exorbitant and further enshrine communities in poverty, which is a major concern in the north.  Over the years, as part of its mission, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) has developed an innovative approach of:

-        reaching out and establishing contacts in remote communities north of the 60th parallel;
-        identifying their needs;
-        gathering non-perishables and other day-to-day household supplies and other articles required;
-        arranging sea containers to deliver these gathered products.
As part of the SSVP North of 60 initiatives, there is the enablement of the creation of Food Banks and used clothing distribution centers; this enablement allows to:
-      build skills and knowledge in the community;
-      effect self-determination;
-      cultivate community Leaders;
-      bring sustainable social change.

This initiative assists with food safety and supports social integration, further working towards a people-driven, equitable and evolving North.  This initiative also develops and supports communities for the benefit of children and youth, especially in the context of providing students some proper nutrition, and assist to improve student focus and ability to complete classroom tasks with more efficiency.

2019 Report

Last summer (2019), 31 northern communities received help from councils and conferences from Ontario, Alberta and Québec.  

Ontario Region

  • Rankin Inlet, adopted by Ottawa Central Council – 2 sea containers
  • Naujaat, adopted by St. Catharine’s Central Council – 2 sea containers
  • Gjoa, Haven adopted by Windsor-Essex Central Council – 1 sea container
  • Baker Lake, adopted by Kitchener Waterloo PC – 1 sea container
  • Taloyoak, adopted by York South PC – 1 sea container
  • Whale Cove, adopted by St. Raphael’s Conference, Burlington – 1 sea container
  • Arviat, was adopted by the St. Mary’s Conference, Grafton – 1 sea container 
  • Kugaaruk, received crates with food

Western Region

All sea containers were acquired and shipped from Edmonton. In total, seven sea cans were sent to eight communities.


  • Tuktoyaktuk
  • Inuvik / Tsiigehtchic (Sea can contents were shared by the two communities.) 
  • Fort Good Hope (new this year)
  • Paulatuk
  • Sachs
  • Aklavik
  • Ulukhuktok 

Québec Region

Mainly clothing was sent to Kuujjuaq, by plane. We have a deal with First Air, for transport to this destination. We use the empty space they have on their flights. Since January 1, 2019, four shipments were organized to send a total of 73 boxes (431 kg).

Jean-Noël Cormier, Chair
North of 60 Committee

New items available in the catalog!

Masks and filters:


Hooded Full Zip Sweatshirt:

SSVP Hoody  SSVP Hoody

Apron and tumber: 

Tablier SSVP / SSVP Apron   Gobelet de voyage / Travel Tumbler


Antoine Frédéric Ozanam by Raymond L. Sickinger            Turn Everything to Love