Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

February 03, 2010 15:22 ET

Government of Canada Supports Yukon Quest

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2010) - The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is promoting tourism in Yukon by supporting the territory's top wintertime attraction, the Yukon Quest dog sled race.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), made the announcement today.

CanNor will provide Yukon Quest International Association (Canada) with $262,320 in support of the annual event. This funding will help stage the race in 2010 and 2011, enhance the course infrastructure, and support the development of a merchandising program.

"The Yukon Quest brings thousands of visitors to the territory each year to experience the thrill of the North, while providing Yukon residents with a tangible connection to their history and culture," said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor of Metis and Non-Status Indians. "This investment will improve the race experience for tourists and participants alike."

"This annual event makes an important contribution to the territory, providing increased spending to businesses and job opportunities for local residents," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health. "The Government of Canada is proud to support the Yukon Quest International Association as it works to ensure its long-term sustainability."

"We are very happy to be the recipients of this funding," said Al Doherty, President of the Yukon Quest International Association (Canada). "The success of the Yukon Quest is tied to the connections we have with communities and residents along the trail. Receiving this funding allows the Yukon Quest to contribute economic benefits in our communities and ensure a quality trail and a strong sustainable race."

Funding for this project was made possible through Canada's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED), part of Canada's Economic Action Plan ( The SINED program falls under the mandate of CanNor and focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in the three territories.

CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for policy, research and advocacy. Promoting social and economic development in the North is one of the four pillars of the Government of Canada's integrated Northern Strategy.

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: .

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 Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
    Kathleen McLeod
    Senior Communications Advisor
    Yukon Quest International Association (Canada)
    Wendy Morrison
    Executive Director