Among the conclusions of the report on the cost of living, which Gérard Duhaime of Université Laval studied, here are some interesting statistics.
For the households with the lowest incomes, more than 70% of their incomes go to food and housing expenses. Also, the grocery basket is 48% more expensive in Nunavik. As well, current expenses are 43% higher in Nunavik, including 37% more for beverages and tobacco. Also, for recreation, it's 32% more.
Only housing has a lower cost index in Nunavik. These differences are observed despite the cost-of-living measures already in place in the region. Although housing rents are lower in Nunavik than in Quebec City, housing drains between 22.1% and 27% of household spending. According to the survey, social housing is an important cost-of-living measure for Nunavik households.