Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

October 13, 2009 15:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Helps Support Tourism and Community Events in Inuvik, NWT

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced funding for a portable stage in the Town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories.

"There is a long-term value from investing in smaller economic development projects throughout the North that enhance community infrastructure," said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. "This project will have a direct impact on the Town of Inuvik by increasing tourism and providing a place to celebrate community events."

"This new stage is a valuable community asset that will be much used and will reap rewards for many years into the future." said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health.

Located in the Mackenzie River Delta at the end of the Dempster Highway, the town of Inuvik is a hub for the region and serves as a focal point for regional feasts, concerts and festivals. These events provide a much-needed tourism focus and enhance the tourism experience. The new enclosed stage will lower event costs and allow Inuvik to host larger events.

Funding of $75,000 for this project was provided through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan (http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp). The SINED program funds economic development projects throughout the NWT that build the knowledge base in key economic sectors, enhance economic infrastructure, develop capacity and promote economic diversification.

The SINED program falls under the mandate of CanNor and focuses on the long-term economic development in the three territories. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for policy, research and advocacy. Promoting social and economic development in the North is one of the four pillars of the Government of Canada's integrated Northern Strategy.

This release and backgrounder are also available on the Internet at http://www.north.gc.ca/mr/nr-eng.asp.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit www.northernstrategy.ca/index-eng.asp

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor),
    NWT Region
    Petra White
    Communications Advisor
    867-669-2580