Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 30, 2009 17:30 ET

Canada Announces First Set of Recipients of Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today announced 14 recipients of the $85 million fund to upgrade key Arctic research facilities.

"Our Government is moving quickly to realize the strong and effective commitments we made in our Economic Action Plan," said Minister Strahl. "We know that world class Arctic research is vital to achieving our Northern Strategy goals and we are ensuring that our scientists have the facilities they need to conduct it."

A diverse range of research facilities from across Canada's North have been selected so far, with more to come. The recipients were chosen after a Call for Proposals, issued on February 20, 2009 and subsequent review process.

"This fund will help to increase the participation of Northerners in Arctic science and technology," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "This investment will create jobs, engage Northerners' professional services and use Northern suppliers or firms to carry out contracts."

These investments will ensure that a strong research infrastructure network is in place to support Canada's new High Arctic research station, for which a $2 million feasibility study is now underway.

Today's announcement is part of the Government's integrated Northern Strategy that focuses on exercising Canada's Arctic sovereignty, protecting the North's environmental heritage, promoting social and economic development, and improving and devolving northern governance.

The federal government is working in many areas to advance its Northern Strategy objectives. Recent investments also include:

- $156 million to support Canadian participation in International Polar Year;

- $200 million over two years for the renovation and construction of new housing units in the North;

- $50 million over five years for the creation of a northern economic development agency;

- $90 million over five years for the renewal of the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development program; and

- $37.6 million to support initiatives related to the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project.

This release is also available on the Internet at www.inac.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160