Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

February 19, 2013 11:30 ET

Harper Government Invests in Economic Opportunities Outreach

Promoting NWT business opportunities in francophone markets

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2013) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council announced today an investment that will promote northern economic opportunities in the Northwest Territories to francophone markets

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting francophone communities in the North by promoting economic opportunities in the Northwest Territories," said Minister Aglukkaq. "This investment will connect potential investors to resource development activity in the North, strengthening the foundation of economic development in the NWT."

CanNor's investment of $350,000 will support the Conseil de développement économique des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (CDETNO) as they promote awareness of, and investment in emerging economic opportunities in the Northwest Territories. Outreach activities will raise awareness of economic opportunities in key sectors such as mining, oil and gas, and tourism and will connect francophone communities to northern businesses.

"We are proud to bring new investment in the Northwest Territories", said CDETNO President Robert Galipeau. "Over the past few years, with CanNor support, we have built a solid Investment Attraction Strategy that raises the profile of the NWT in such francophone markets as Quebec and France. This year, amongst other initiatives, we are organizing a large trade mission and investment showcase that will bring NWT entrepreneurs and Quebec investors together to generate increased economic activity in the North."

Investment in this project 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 across the North.

SINED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor. CanNor was created to directly enable northern workers and businesses to take advantage of the economic resources and opportunities that exist where they live. CanNor delivers on its exclusive northern mandate through funding programs, providing project management services, leveraging the federal role in the North, serving as a champion for northern interests, and undertaking policy and research.

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.cannor.gc.ca.

For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: www.northernstrategy.ca/index-eng.asp.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Cailin Rodgers
    Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
    Agency, Minister of Health and
    Minister for the Arctic Council
    613-957-0200

    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Christina Gray
    Communications Advisor
    867-766-8435