Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

March 02, 2011 11:00 ET

Canada Supports Innovation and Knowledge in the North

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - Four initiatives that support northern innovation and knowledge will move forward thanks to investments by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, today announced an investment of $426,000 for research and training projects to help the Northwest Territories and Nunavut strengthen information technology (IT), energy, and educational sectors of the economy. With additional contributions from project proponents and the Territorial governments, the projects have a total value of more than $500,000.

"The Government of Canada recognizes that by investing in research and training, we are enabling the long-term sustainability of communities and businesses across the North," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

"Research has shown that there is a strong positive correlation between investments in IT infrastructure, capacity development and economic growth," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Regional Minister for the North and Minister of Health. "These investments will create new educational, social and business opportunities in both territories that will provide long-term benefits for northerners and northern businesses."

CanNor's funding will support four projects in the NWT and Nunavut, including new mining and remediation training programs, research into the potential to use local willow as biomass fuel, and two projects to assess and support the potential for establishing broadband internet in Nunavut.

Funding for these projects came from CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which provides funding for northern projects that contribute to long-term economic growth, economic diversification, and capacity building in the three territories. SINED is one of a number of economic development programs delivered by CanNor in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    NWT Regional Office
    Petra White
    Communications Advisor
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Nunavut Regional Office
    Craig Welsh
    Communications Advisor