January 8, 2019 – Hay River, Northwest Territories – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
Sustainable economic development and vibrant community spaces are key to the health and vitality of Northern communities. That is why the Government of Canada, through the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development program (SINED), is investing $230,000 to develop a large open concept pavilion in Hay River.
This announcement was made today by Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor.
The Town of Hay River will receive funds to construct a permanent multi-season facility for the Fisherman’s Wharf market. Vendors, entrepreneurs and tourism operators will have access to heated and electrified retail space. The new pavilion will also act as a host facility for sporting events and a gathering space for community events.
The project will strengthen the town’s capacity to support and diversify the local economy, develop tourism opportunities, and enhance sport and recreational events.
“Investments in infrastructure allow communities in the North to grow and diversify their economies, while enhancing quality of life for residents. The Fisherman’s Wharf Market Pavilion project is the result of the dedication and vision shown by the people of Hay River and serves as an inspiration to communities across Canada.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
“The Government of Canada is proud to support projects that foster sustainable economic development and healthy communities in the North. This exciting project will support Hay River’s local economy and provide a great space for sporting, recreational and community events.”
– Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament, Northwest Territories
“We are pleased to support the Town of Hay River in its construction of a multipurpose year-round pavilion. This facility will complement and support the economic growth that we have seen at the town’s Fishermen’s Wharf market place; providing increased opportunity for local entrepreneurs and small business owners and new infrastructure for the town’s growing tourism sector.”
– Hon. Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry Tourism and Investment, Government of the Northwest Territories
“The pavilion project creates a new destination attraction for visitors to our community and an updated outdoor gathering place for our residents. This facility will support an extended season for the very popular fisherman’s wharf market and provide a sheltered location for our community to host outdoor events such as the polar pond hockey tournament. The Town of Hay River could not have proceeded with this project without support from our federal and territorial government partners, CanNor and Industry, Tourism and Investment.”
– Mayor Jameson, Town of Hay River
Hay River, Northwest Territories, January 8, 2019—Strategic investments in infrastructure projects in the North deliver sustained economic growth, build stronger, more inclusive communities, and support the unique needs of northerners.
Today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and the Honourable Wally Schumann, Northwest Territories Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment were in Hay River to announce over $8.8 million in joint funding for the Hay River Fish Plant.
This investment will support the construction a new 1600 square-metre fish plant in Hay River, capable of processing approximately 1.4 million kilograms of locally caught fish into a variety of high-quality products for both sale and export. This project includes the construction of the building, cold storage, loading docks, parking and driveways.
The Government of Canada previously invested $1.45 million through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency’s (CanNor) Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program for processing equipment, design and site planning for the facility.
The Hay River Fish Plant will positively impact food security within the Northwest Territories by making a local source of clean, healthy and sustainable protein more readily accessible in communities largely dependent on imported food. This project will also stimulate regional economic development and diversity by providing employment opportunities for current and future workers in the Great Slake Lake Fishing sector.
Today’s event also celebrates the construction start of the Hay River to Pine Point Bridge project. The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced funding for this project as part of the Northwest Territories Highway Improvement Initiative in 2016. The updated bridge will have a higher load capacity for industrial vehicles, making it easier to transport goods and deliver services in the community. The construction is expected to be completed by fall 2019 and will create between 15 and 20 new, good-quality jobs.
“The Government of Canada’s investment in the Hay River Fish Plant will not only support economic growth in the North, it will ensure residents have a healthy, local and reliable source of fish. In addition, the Hay River to Pine Point Bridge rehabilitation project will support transportation of goods and delivery of services in the area, leading to a better quality of life for the community.”
Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Through this investment, local fishers will benefit from having greater control over the processing and marketing of their product. The Government of Canada is proud to support innovative projects that foster economic development and support the wellbeing of communities in the North.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
“Investments in infrastructure are critical to growing and diversifying our economy. This includes investments in buildings like the Hay River Fish Plant but also in transportation infrastructure like the Pine Point Bridge that connect our territories to markets and our people to opportunities.”
The Honourable Wally Schumann, Northwest Territories Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment