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
As the NWT continues to welcome new visitors from across the globe, local businesses are eager to learn how to best capitalize on these opportunities.
Hot on the heels of the NWT’s successful tourism mission to China, a course designed to help businesses build long-lasting customer loyalty with visitors from that market means dozens of industry participants are now better prepared.
The Service Excellence for Chinese Visitors course was delivered in the NWT for the first time in July. The course, developed and delivered by prominent non-profit tourism education firm Ontario Tourism Education Corporation, completed three half-day sessions in Yellowknife and Hay River.
Curriculum included training on issues of diversity, cultural differences, the Chinese tourism market, and customer service practices to best serve the world’s largest tourism marketplace.
The programming was free for participants thanks to funding from the GNWT’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.
Participants left with a guidebook in hand to reference as they work to incorporate these approaches into their tourism offerings and business practices.
As the single-largest renewable resource-based industry, investments in a stronger tourism sector offer the best, most immediate opportunity to achieve economic diversity in the NWT.
Improving economic diversity is central to the GNWT’s mandate.
With tourists pouring across the NWT border in search of the midnight sun and other spectacular NWT attractions, the South Slave is often the first stop. What better place to showcase some of the amazing art created by registered NWT Artists?
It begins at the North of 60 Visitors Centre, just across the famous 60th parallel where new art pieces, representing all 5 regions of the NWT are on display.
Many of the displays at parks in the South Slave have also been refreshed – including at Hay River Territorial Park.
Not only can you view some amazing one-of-a-kind northern art you can learn where to purchase it by checking out our ‘Where to Buy NWT Arts’ sheets for the South Slave that are available in English, French, Korean, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese!
Make sure to pick up some additional information along the way. There are 11 different brochures that highlight and explain the specific genres of art in the NWT.
Through NWT Arts the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment promotes northern artists not only in the territory but across the globe. A strong arts market is just one of the many facets of our efforts towards a strong and diversified economy for residents of the Northwest Territories.
I am pleased to be here this morning to take part in this official announcement and would like to thank Minister Bennett, MP McLeod, Premier McLeod, Chief Moses from Wrigley, representatives of the Sahtu and all our invited guests for joining us.One of these invited guests is Todd McCauley. Todd is the son of the late Cece Hodgson-McCauley who the Premier spoke about earlier. As he mentioned, Cece was a very vocal supporter of the Mackenzie Valley Highway and since she can’t be with us today to participate in this event, it is only fitting that her son Todd be here on her behalf and able to witness what her efforts and contribution to this project have achieved thus far.
Thank you for being here, Todd.
Another individual I would like to recognize is our Member for Parliament, the Honourable Michael McLeod. MP McLeod continues to be a supporter of our infrastructure initiatives and recognizes that these types of projects are investments in the future of the north and play an important role in our communities. Specifically for this project, MP McLeod not only supported the GNWT, but was instrumental in assisting our government to secure this funding. For that and your continued support, we are grateful and pleased that you were able to join us this morning.
This funding announcement is of great significance to the Northwest Territories and supports key components of the larger Mackenzie Valley Highway project, that once complete, will connect several remote communities to the public highway system and create economic opportunities such as increased tourism, and access for resource development.
The shared investment of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories towards this important project is evidence of the combined commitment of our two governments to make lasting improvements that support our mutual goals.
Making strategic investments in infrastructure, such as the Mackenzie Valley Highway is a mandate priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Highway infrastructure plays a very important part in in the longevity and well-being of our communities. Not just because of the connections it will make, but also because of the skills, training and economic benefits opportunities that construction projects bring to the communities and the people.
Of the total $140 million funding announced today, the federal government is contributing $102.5 million, while the Government of the Northwest Territories will provide the remaining $37.5 million. A portion of this funding is intended to support the construction of the Great Bear River Bridge, a project that has been long awaited by Sahtu residents to improve connections between communities.
The Great Bear River represents the final crossing along the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road system without a permanent structure and has been an obstacle to opening the road in previous years. Now, with the construction of the Bridge, residents will be able to expect enhanced safety and efficiency of community resupply operations as the resiliency of the winter road is increased and operating days are extended up to four weeks.
Further to the south of our territory, in the Dehcho Region, this funding will enable the construction of a 15 kilometre access road from Wrigley to Mount Gaudet. In addition to enhancing access to lands providing new traditional, recreational, and business opportunities, construction of the road will build local capacity to ensure residents can participate fully in the future construction of the Mackenzie Valley Highway.
Finally, funding for additional environmental and planning studies will support the completion of critical components of the Mackenzie Valley Highway project, including finalizing routing and design, leading to obtaining permits for road construction.
Together, these investments in our highway will bring us closer to achieving our vision of an all-weather road connecting NWT residents throughout the Mackenzie Valley all the way to the Arctic Coast.
We only need to look at the Canyon Creek All-season Road project taking place outside of Norman Wells to see how investments of this kind are creating jobs and having a transformative impact on the lives of Northerners. The federal government is providing $15 million under the New Building Canada Plan, with the Government of the Northwest Territories covering the remaining 25% of construction costs. Through this project, momentum has been building in the Sahtu region and across the North to push the Mackenzie Valley Highway ahead.
Over the next few months, the Government of the Northwest Territories will turn its attention to engaging residents and identifying opportunities for Indigenous and local participation in the activities being announced today.
The future construction of the all-weather highway supported by these projects will rely on further partnership with our federal colleagues and local Indigenous governments, including the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated.
The Sahtu Secretariat has helped to lobby for the advancement of the project through the Mackenzie Valley Highway Working Group. We thank the Secretariat and look forward to continued collaboration.
Meaningful investment in transportation infrastructure will unleash the potential of the North to contribute to Canada’s wealth, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Federal government to help bring this mutually beneficial project to reality.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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