Wally Schumann

MLA Hay River South

Month: May 2018

Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Evolve NWT Agriculture

Agriculture plays an important role in the lives of all Canadians, creating good, middle-class jobs, and feeding Canadians and other countries around the world. Northwest Territories (NWT) agriculture development took a leap forward today with the official launch of the new federal-territorial agreement under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, Michael McLeod, joined NWT Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Wally Schumann,  to formalize the federal/territorial  agreement at Polar Egg in Hay River — the NWT’s most successful commercial agriculture business.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion cost-shared investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments in national, regional and local agriculture initiatives.

Approximately $5.6 million will be directly invested in the NWT agriculture sector under the Partnership. It will fund initiatives and investments aimed at encouraging the development of a relevant, commercially-viable food production and processing sector; and advancing greater self-sufficiency and food production in the NWT’s remote communities.

Aligned with the NWT Agriculture Strategy introduced last year, the Partnership will support emerging food growers and processors encouraging greater participation and entrepreneurial interest in the NWT’s agriculture sector.

Specific programming will invest in research, innovation, sustainability, capacity building, trade, processing, public awareness, and youth involvement to ensure the sector continues to evolve.


“The Government of Canada is committed to the priorities that are important to Canadians—jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. In working with the Government of Northwest Territories through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we will support regionally effective programs to help grow northern agriculture.”

  • The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“Agriculture is a growing sector of our economy with the potential to provide our territory with good jobs, better food security, and more vibrant communities. This partnership will be crucial to our continued efforts to drive agriculture development in the NWT. I look forward to seeing how far these investments can take our territory down the road towards a profitable commercial agriculture industry, and a more diverse economy for our Northwest Territories.”

  • The Honourable Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment for the NWT

“Our North is a special place, with unique challenges and innovative people who rise to conquer those challenges on a daily basis. This funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will equip the Northwest Territories’ agriculture industry with the tools for prosperity, while cultivating new opportunities for sustainable growth across our communities and with northern youth.”

  • Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories

Quick facts

  • The NWT is home to roughly 40 commercial food growers, producers and agriculture businesses. This includes popular farmers’ markets that have been popping up across the territory.
  • For every $1 invested by the Government of the Northwest Territories, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will contribute $1.50 to the same investments.

New Tourism Program Gives Businesses a Competitive Advantage

Tourism businesses in the Northwest Territories (NWT) now have a free new training tool at their disposal. The Business, Market and Trade (BMT) Ready program teaches participants what it takes to sell tourism products to travellers from around the world.  

What does it mean to be business, market and trade ready?

The tourism industry around the world is highly-competitive and travellers and sales channels have high expectations. As this industry grows in the NWT, it is important that businesses know what to expect, how they can prepare, and what supports are available.  

  • Business-ready refers to a tourism business that has all applicable licences, permits and insurance in place to be able to operate legally in the NWT.
  • Market-ready describes a tourism business that has operated for two or more, years and is selling directly to the visitor.
  • Trade-ready means that a tourism business is selling their experiences through third party Distribution Sales Channels to reach even more visitors.

Interested in becoming certified in BMT-Ready Standards?

You can learn independently online (link is external) or contact your Regional ITI Office to set up an in-person session. To be eligible, you must have a valid Tourism Operator Licence and a business, collective or organization that is engaged in the tourism sector.


Learn more about the Business, Market and Trade Ready program.


The BMT curriculum was developed by NWT Tourism, in collaboration with the Yukon and Nunavut to help northern tourism suppliers increase their global competitiveness. Click here (link is external) to read the full news release.


Increasing the number of market and export ready tourism operators is a direct goal of Tourism 2020, and one of the ways the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is working to grow a strong and sustainable tourism industry.

GNWT Introduces Vision for Addressing Energy and Climate Change

YELLOWKNIFE (May 1, 2018) – The Government of the Northwest Territories has released its broad vision related to energy and climate change in the Northwest Territories.

The GNWT recognizes that NWT residents are concerned about the impacts of climate change and is committed to a government-wide approach that takes into account northern energy demands and the cost of living, while reflecting international and national commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions, exploring options for carbon pricing systems, and capturing local alternatives.

The three main documents – The 2030 Energy Strategy, 2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework, and the Petroleum Resources Strategy – set the foundation for how the GNWT will improve energy security, stabilize the cost of living and address the impacts of climate change with clear and positive action.

The strategies and framework to address energy and climate change in the Northwest Territories reflects this government’s commitments as outlined in the Mandate of the 18th Legislative Assembly.


“The 2030 Energy Strategy is our government’s commitment to developing an energy system that contributes to the territory’s economic, social and environmental well-being, while doing our part in the transition to a lower-carbon economy. In support of this vision, the Petroleum Resources Strategy sets a path for responsible oil and gas development that takes into consideration our government’s emerging vision for greater energy security and outlines a smart and sustainable path forward based on environmental and social sustainability.”

Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure, and Industry, Tourism and Investment

“The NWT is on the front lines of climate change and has been experiencing impacts for decades. Through the Climate Change Strategic Framework, our government is committed to addressing the threats that climate change poses to the sustainability of our communities and the way of life of our residents. A comprehensive approach to energy and climate change will benefit all residents by transitioning to a strong, healthy economy that is less reliant on fossil fuels and where our residents and communities are resilient and adaptive in the face of a changing climate.”

Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Quick Facts:

  • The Energy Strategy focuses on energy security, affordability and sustainability. The priority is to keep energy reliable, address cost-of-living, reduce climate change impacts, and support economic development.
  • In order for the GNWT to help Canada reach its targets under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the strategy focuses on six main strategic objectives:
    • Work with communities to find solutions.
    • Reduce GHG emissions in diesel communities by 25%.
    • Reduce road vehicle GHG emissions by 10% per capita.
    • Increase share of renewable energy used for heating to 40%.
    • Decrease building energy use by 15%.
    • Develop our energy potential to address industry emissions.
  • The NWT Petroleum Strategy is our 15-year plan to create northern benefits and energy security within the territory’s petroleum industry.
  • The strategy sets out a path to restore confidence and investment in the sector, open the door for new technologies and research, and ensure that the people who make their home in the NWT benefit from resources extracted here.
  • The Strategy identifies 10 goals under three pillars:
    • Improving our competitive edge
    • Ensuring benefits for NWT residents
    • Creating a sustainable and innovative sector
  • Through implementation of the 2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework, the GNWT will address the concerns and interest of NWT residents with a long-term comprehensive and coordinated response to climate change, outlined in three goals:
    • Transition to a strong, healthy economy that uses less fossil fuel, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.
    • Increasing understanding of climate change impacts occurring in the NWT
    • Building resilience and adapting to a changing climate

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