Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency


September 29, 2010 13:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Yukon Support Yukon Business Study

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) - Yukon government departments and other organizations will soon be able to access the latest in business statistics following investments from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Government of Yukon for a business survey that will be conducted by the Yukon Bureau of Statistics.

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and the Honourable Dennis Fentie, Premier of Yukon today announced that the Yukon Bureau of Statistics will use the joint investment of $138,485 from CanNor and $191,910 from Government of Yukon to conduct the survey.

"This study will increase understanding of how international and regional economic trends affect Yukon's economy and the impact of federal and territorial legislation," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor of Métis and Non-Status Indians.

"Building on the 2008 and 2009 surveys, this new work will aid in developing targeted training programs to address skill shortages in individual communities and industries. This will strengthen employment opportunities in Yukon for aboriginal and non-aboriginal job seekers," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for the North.

"The Yukon business survey provides the data required by our government to develop programs to support Yukon's dynamic business community," Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie said. "We appreciate the fact that business people across Yukon take time out of their busy days to share this essential information with us."

The 2010 survey data will identify growth and changes in Yukon's business environment with a focus on labour challenges that industries are facing. The 2009 business survey included responses from 1,848 home-based and commercial businesses, including 607 seasonal companies surveyed to identify trends and changes in the business market since 2008. The survey also tracks company ownership by First Nations, First Nations partnerships, and by gender, providing information that is useful for economic development policy making.

The federal investment in this program is made possible through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in all three territories.

SINED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development across the North, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit:

For information about the 2009 Yukon Business Survey Report, 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 John Duncan
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Erin Macpherson
    Communications Advisor
    Government of Yukon
    Roxanne Vallevand
    Cabinet Communications