Canada investment supporting Indigenous economic development in Nunavut

From: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

April 14, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

As we enter into over a year since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses, communities, and organizations throughout Nunavut and across the territories are continuing to feel the impacts on the economy. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to be there to not only support Northern businesses through their challenges, but to also continue to support their recovery by making strategic investments in the foundations and structures already in place to keep the Northern economy going.

In the last year, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) has been providing direct support to Northern businesses via its relief funding, while also continuing to make strategic investments through its economic development programming to provide businesses with the resources they need to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and to help the economy come back strong in Canada’s territories.

CanNor investments support development in Nunavut communities

Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor, held a roundtable with key partners and highlighted investments of over $2 million that have been made to support eight Indigenous economic development projects which aim to improve growth and diversity across Nunavut, including:

  • Powerscreen Metrolak Jaw Crusher: Over $487,000 to support the purchase of a rock crusher, enabling the Pond Inlet community to produce its own aggregate for infrastructure projects.
  • Driver and HEO Training: $450,000 to help develop and implement six new locally delivered driver and heavy equipment operator courses, benefitting Inuit in the Qikiqtaaluk region now and across Nunavut in subsequent years.
  • Baker Lake Welding Shop Training Program: Almost $300,000 towards constructing a welding shop in Baker Lake, and developing and administering a training curriculum providing trainees with the skills to take advantage of local mine operations. This project is expected to create at least 6 full-time jobs and expand a minimum of 2 jobs.
  • NEDA Annual Training Conference: $264,000 to support the professional development of Nunavut’s 25 Community Economic Development Officers (EDOs) through the Annual General Training Conference, improving Nunavut economic development capacity and expertise.
  • Inuusirvik Community Wellness Hub – Phase 2: $225,000 to support the completion of the engineering, architectural and geo-technical drawings and documents for the Innusirvik Community Wellness Hub to be built in downtown Iqaluit.
  • Red Fish Community Arts Studio: $175,000 to help complete the conversion of a heritage building into a Community Arts Studio used by multiple community groups to create and sell locally made artwork, produce in a digital arts studio and house the local radio station.
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