Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

October 13, 2010 13:00 ET

CanNor Supports Environmental Projects in Yukon

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - Yukon's natural resources and tourism sectors will benefit from investments by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency in two projects that will protect the environment and create employment opportunities.

The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State for Democratic Reform, on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced the investment of $210,000 for two separate Environment Yukon projects. The first project will study aquatic invasive species, while the second will help identify key wildlife areas and update an inventory of rare animal species.

"Our Government is proud to support projects that will help protect the environment, support resource development in Yukon, and create jobs," said Minister Fletcher. "Better knowledge of rare and at-risk species and the location of key wildlife areas will contribute to sustainable economic development in the territory."

"Understanding the various invasive aquatic species and methods to prevent their introduction to the water systems can help protect Yukon's tourism sector, its world-class fishing opportunities, and Yukon First Nations' traditional food supply," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor of Métis and Non-Status Indians.

"The health of our fish and wildlife populations is important to all Yukoners," said Yukon Environment Minister John Edzerza. "These projects will help us maintain a biologically diverse and healthy natural environment."

CanNor will provide the following investments:

  • $180,000 to update the Yukon Wildlife Key Areas (WKA) Inventory database of wildlife with new information and local knowledge, conduct an inventory of rare animal species and review and update habitat management guidelines to support the development of industry guidelines, standards and best management practices.
  • $30,000 to conduct a baseline study on aquatic invasive species in Yukon. The work will include identifying the types of species that may be introduced into Yukon's water systems, determining where and how they might be entering Yukon, and developing monitoring systems. As well, educational materials will be developed to create awareness among Yukoners and visitors on how to identify report and reduce the spread of invasive species. 

Investments in these projects are made possible through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund will provide $32.8 million to all three territories from 2009 through 2011. 

CAF is one of several of economic development programs within CanNor. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development activities in the territories, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

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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
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Erin Macpherson
    Communications Advisor
    Government of Yukon
    Nancy Campbell
    Communications Officer