Updated February 8, 2023
Information for Parents
The supply of infant formula in Canada is currently limited. For regular infant formulas, there are fewer products and formats available as manufacturers work to compensate for an increased demand for their products. In particular, this is impacting the lower cost options, such as store brand powdered formulas. Comparable formula brands and formats continue to be available. However, these products may be more expensive.
For several months, Canada has experienced a shortage of specialty formulas for infants with food allergies and certain medical conditions. These specialty infant formulas include extensively hydrolyzed infant formulas and amino acid-based formulas. The situation is not completely back to normal; however, there is a limited, stable supply.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and Saskatchewan Health Authority continue to be in contact with Health Canada and receive updates on the situation to minimize the impact on Saskatchewan families. For the most up to date information on the formula supply in Canada, visit Information for families on the limited supply of infant formula - Canada.ca.
We encourage families to purchase only the supply they need at the time to ensure others requiring formula have access. Concerned parents should discuss appropriate feeding options for their infant with a health care professional, such as a family physician, pediatrician, nurse practitioner or dietitian, especially if the infant has allergies or special formula needs.
The Therapeutic Nutritional Products Program (TNPP) available through Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living (SAIL) provides assistance towards the cost of specialized nutritional products (which may include specialized infant formula) for people with complex medical conditions who rely on those products as their primary nutritional source. Program benefits are cost shared between clients and the Ministry of Health. The program is aware of the limited supply and has been reassessing clients’ coverage when requested based on the cost of alternative products.
For families looking for more general information, visit feeding your baby. For support or more information, contact your local public health office.
Information for Pharmacists and Health Professionals
Although the situation is not completely back to normal, the supply of specialty formulas has been more stable since the fall. Certain specialty infant formulas may be returning to shelves at pharmacies and retailers, at the discretion of manufacturers. While this is optimistic news, diligence via supply management is encouraged.