Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Government of the Northwest Territories

Government of the Northwest Territories

July 26, 2012 12:00 ET

Canada and NWT Partner to Support Biomass Industry Development

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - July 26, 2012) - Today the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and the Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, Northwest Territories Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, announced a multi-year investment of over $5.7 million to create opportunities for a sustainable wood biomass industry in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

"The Harper Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in Canada's North," said Minister Aglukkaq. "This project will create a new and sustainable industry in the NWT and will generate jobs and business opportunities for First Nations communities. We are pleased to be working with our territorial partners as we invest in community economic development that promotes job creation and economic growth in the North."

"This funding will support our efforts to complete forest inventories and sustainability analyses for broad forest areas so First Nations and communities can benefit from the strategic development of biomass energy and forest resource development opportunities in the NWT," said Minister Miltenberger.

This community-led initiative is receiving Government of Canada support of $3,746,000 from CanNor, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and $2 million from the Government of the Northwest Territories. The funding will be used to create a sustainable industry, generate long-term jobs, and reduce energy costs in communities. This will enable NWT communities to have increased control over local forestry resources and reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel as outlined in the Northwest Territories Biomass Strategy.

Funding for this project is made through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, AANDC's Canada's Strategic Partnership Initiative and NRCan's Aboriginal Forestry Initiative. The initiative is a demonstration of the Government of Canada's new Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development. Territorial funding is provided as part of the implementation of the NWT Biomass Energy Strategy.

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.cannor.gc.ca.

For more information on the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development, visit: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033498.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
    Development Agency and Minister of Health
    Cailin Rodgers
    613-957-0200

    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
    Leslie Cole
    Communications Advisor, NWT
    613-995-9467

    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
    Jan O'Driscoll
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    819-997-0002

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    819-953-1160

    Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
    Patricia Best
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Natural Resources Canada - Ottawa
    613-996-2007

    Media Relations
    Natural Resources Canada
    613-992-4447

    Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
    Judy Mclinton
    Public Affairs and Communications
    Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
    867-873-7379
    judy_mclinton@gov.nt.ca