Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

September 22, 2009 12:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Supports Yukon Business Development and Economic Conference

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2009) - Senator Daniel Lang, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced funding for two projects that support business development in the Yukon.

"These two projects build on existing strengths in Yukon, encourage development and investment in the territory's economy, and help create jobs," said Senator Lang. "Investments in projects like these, made possible because of Canada's Economic Action Plan, reinforce business relationships and provide learning opportunities for Yukon's business community."

"The Yukon's First Nation businesses play a significant role in the economic development of the North," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, who is Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health.

Funding through Canada's new Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) will provide business support to the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce (WCOC). The WCOC will receive $192,142 this fiscal year towards its successful Yukon Business Development Project (YBDP). The YBDP provides advisory services to selected Yukon businesses with high growth potential. It supports businesses with expert knowledge and resources to reach the next level of commercial success.

"The Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce is very thankful for the continued support from CanNor," said Muriel Chalifoux, Chair of the WCOC. "We will now be able to expand the scope of this project and, in partnership with the Yukon Government, have a significant impact on the diversification and growth in Yukon's economy."

The second annual Foundations Economic Conference is made possible through a contribution from CanNor, under the renewed Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan ( and the Community Support Services Program (CSSP).

"YIDC is very pleased to help bring Yukon First Nations businesses and economic development representatives together with the broader Yukon business community for this event," said Stanley Noel, CEO of the Yukon Indian Development Corporation. "While Yukon First Nations are already successful business owners, I suspect there exist many more opportunities and events like this will help bring the right people together to make new ventures successful."

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

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

This release and backgrounder are also available on the Internet at

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor),
    Yukon Region
    Marie-Louise Boylan
    Senior Communications Officer
    Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
    Rick Karp
    Yukon Indian Development Corporation
    Stanley Noel
    Chief Executive Officer
    867-334-9432 or 867-668-3908