Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

September 11, 2009 12:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan: Strong Investments for Nunavut's Fishing Industry

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), together with the Honourable Daniel Shewchuk, Nunavut's Minister of Environment, today announced important projects to strengthen Nunavut's fishing industry.

"The waters of Nunavut have helped sustain the families and communities of this land for thousands of years. The ocean plays a major cultural, social and economic role for Nunavummiut," said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor of Metis and Non-Status Indians. "These projects will help Nunavut's fishing industry to grow in a sustainable manner."

"We are excited by the opportunities that this federal funding opens up for Nunavummiut," said Minister Shewchuk. "With it, we will be able to increase our current research and training activities, both inshore and offshore, to strengthen our fishery and we look forward to continuing these projects in future."

This joint investment between the federal and territorial governments is more than $1.5 million and will be spread over two years. It will support knowledge and capacity building in Nunavut's fishing industry. The Government of Nunavut's Department of Environment, Fisheries and Sealing Division, is managing the projects. It is receiving approximately $620,000 from the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) for two projects aimed at strengthening and diversifying the Cumberland Sound inshore fishery. Funding provided by the Government of Canada will also support training in small vessel operation.

An additional $60,000 investment is being made through the recently-renewed Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program. This project will bolster the on-going multi-species stock assessment taking place in the waters of the Hudson Strait.

SINED and CAF are administered by CanNor, a newly established agency responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities at the regional level in the North, and for policy, research and advocacy.

This announcement reinforces the Government of Canada's work to advance an integrated Northern Strategy to exercise Canada's Arctic sovereignty, protect the North's environmental heritage, promote social and economic development and improve and devolve northern governance.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Press Secretary
    CanNor Communications
    Nunavut Headquarters