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2019 Constituency Newsletter

Check out the 2019 Constituency Newsletter for Hay River South. We’ve got a lot news about how your dedicated involvement has helped secure a brighter future for our community.

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Video: Constituency Check-in March 23, 2019

Watch the interactive online Constituency Check-In held March 23, 2019 for an update on recent successes and upcoming initiatives that are painting a brighter future for our community.

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NWT Parks Break More Records In 2018

In spite of grey skies and rainy days, NWT Parks continued to shine through the 2018 season.

Led by a 122% increase in overnight stays in the Beaufort Delta, NWT Parks welcomed 36,526 visitors last year to campgrounds across the territory — an all-time record for territorial parks.

This is the fifth-straight year of increases in the use of NWT Parks.

The increases come on the heels of consecutive years of multi-million dollar investments by the GNWT and nearly $7 million in capital upgrades to parks in 2018-2019.

The results reflect a continued positive trend in the NWT’s tourism sector and ITI’s ongoing commitment to advance world-class parks infrastructure in accordance with the GNWT’s mandate for the 18th Legislative Assembly.


“Our parks have once again proven to be prime locations for visitors and residents exploring our territory. As we see continued growth, it’s clear our approach to investing in world-class parks infrastructure is working. We are committed to supporting the growth of tourism through ongoing investments, and promoting these attractions locally, nationally, and internationally.”

-Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick facts

  • Overall, camping was up 4% for NWT Territorial Parks
  • 56.7% of overnight visitors to territorial parks visited from outside the Northwest Territories.
  • On average, overnight visitors reported staying an average of 2.38 days.
  • The busiest parks by-region were:
    • Beaufort Delta: Happy Valley in the Beaufort Delta, over 3,400 campers
    • Dehcho: Sambaa Deh Territorial Park, 900 campers
    • North Slave: Fred Henne Territorial Park, over 11,000 campers
    • South Slave: Hay River Territorial Park, nearly 3,800 campers.
  • Data is based on camping permits and does not include seasonal or day use permits.
  • Tourism 2020 — the NWT’s strategic plan for tourism development in the NWT — supports NWT Park development and encourages tours that showcase and use territorial parks and infrastructure.


Funding for Hay River Projects

Town of Hay River set for new year-round pavilion

News release

Investment supports economic development, sport and tourism opportunities

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

Quick facts

  • Hay River is a community of 3,500 located on the south shore of Great Slave Lake.
  • The current Fisherman’s Wharf market infrastructure consists of open-faced vendor stalls. A permanent facility with heating and electricity will allow for the number of vendors to be increased significantly, and extend the market season.
  • The new pavilion will act as a host facility for seasonal events such as the Polar Pond Hockey tournament, Hay River Jet Boat races and other tourism operators.
  • CanNor committed $230,000 funding to the Fisherman’s Wharf Pavilion project with a further $110,000 committed by the Town of Hay River and $100,000 by Government of Northwest Territories. The total project cost is $440,000.
  • Hay River to benefit from better food security and safer bridges

    News release

    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

    Quick facts

    • The Government of Canada is investing up to $6,654,000 towards the Hay River Fish Plant project through the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of the Northwest Territories is contributing $2,218,000 and will fund the remainder of the project. The total eligible cost of this project is $8,872,000.
    • The Government of Canada previously invested $1.45 million through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency’s (CanNor) for processing equipment, design and site planning for the facility.
    • The Government of Canada invested 75 percent of funding for the Hay River to Pine Point Bridge and the Government of the Northwest Territories contributed the remaining for a total project cost of $14.7 million.
    • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in Canada’s rural and northern communities, public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, and trade and transportation routes.
    • $2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. In addition, $400 million is being delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.
    • $4 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !! Our office will be closed from Dec 21st returning Jan 02. We can be reached at anytime over the holidays at 875-8909.

Marine Training Centre in Hay River and Oceans Protection Plan funding announcement:

YELLOWKNIFE (October 16, 2018) – Minister of Infrastructure and Industry, Tourism and Investment, Wally Schumann issued the following statement today on the opening of the Marine Training Centre in Hay River and Oceans Protection Plan funding announcement:


“Over the weekend, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Government of Canada held an official opening for a new Marine Training Centre in Hay River. The new training centre which will be funded by Transport Canada through the Oceans Protection Plan will be supported by the GNWT through a lease for the training building at our Hay River shipyard.


“During the event, an announcement was made for an investment of $19.5 million, under the Oceans Protection Plan, to construct four double-hulled barges that will deliver fuel safely to Northern communities. As well, the Government of Canada announced a significant investment in harbor infrastructure in Hay River. This investment includes the construction of new floating docks and an extension of the concrete marginal wharf.


“These announcements mark an important milestone for the future of marine operations in the North. Increasing the safety and efficiency of marine resupply operations in the Northwest Territories is a priority for our government. The GNWT has made a mandate commitment to strengthen connections with public sector partners in transportation infrastructure, including working with the federal government to maintain federal community resupply port facilities and marine services in the NWT, to restore safe marine operating conditions in the Port of Hay River and at key sections of the Mackenzie River Corridor, and to improve charting and navigational aids. This past weekend, the GNWT, with our partners, took a giant step forward in realizing this commitment.


“Together, the opening of the Marine Training Centre,  the construction of the new double-hulled barges, and the improvements to harbour infrastructure in Hay River will not only pave the way for job creation and economic opportunities for northerners, but supports marine training in the North and will improve the security, safety and resiliency of NWT marine operations.


“The Government of Canada continues to have an important role to play in supporting Northern development, and the GNWT appreciates their ongoing partnership and commitment to working with us to improve the lives of Northerners. As Minister of Infrastructure, I am proud of the achievements our government has made in strengthening operations along marine corridors and together, the GNWT and our partners will continue efforts to enhance the marine services residents rely on.”


Video: Constituents Connected 2018

Watch the interactive online Constituents Connected event held September 15, 2018 for an update on upcoming issues and initiatives at the Legislative Assembly that will impact Hay River.

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Training Course Prepares Tourism Industry For Visitors From China

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.

RELATED: Agreement to Promote NWT in China Caps Successful Trade Mission

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.

Opportunities in Agriculture Discussed at Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting

Opportunities for growth, economic development and employment within Canada’s agricultural industry were discussed collaboratively by Ministers during a Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) meeting in Vancouver July 18-20.

Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Wally Schumann, was at the table to represent the Northwest Territories’ (NWT) agriculture sector.

Photo: FPT Ministers of Agriculture. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Wally Schumann represented the NWT. 

Agriculture is a new and growing sector in the NWT. The GNWT introduced the NWT’s first-ever commercial agriculture strategy in the spring of 2017 to guide the path forwards. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), approximately $5.6 million will be invested into the NWT agriculture sector over the next five years.

Photo: FPT Assistant Deputy Ministers of Agriculture. ADM for Industry, Tourism and Investment Tracy St. Denis represented the NWT.

July 20, 2018 – Vancouver, British Columbia

Canadian farmers, ranchers and processors across the country work hard every day to ensure that Canadians and consumers around the world have access to high-quality and healthy food. Canada’s agriculture and agri-food system contributes over $110 billion of our gross domestic product, and last year our agriculture, food and seafood exports hit an all-time record of $64.6 billion.

Topics critical to the growth and continued prosperity of the sector were the focus of discussion at the annual meeting of federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture, co-chaired by Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture for British Columbia.

Ministers discussed how they can collaborate to create more jobs and support economic growth in the agriculture and agri-food sector. Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector was recently identified in the Barton Report as one of six sectors with high potential for economic growth. An Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table was created as part of the federal Innovation Skills Plan and serves as a forum for industry leaders to explore opportunities and challenges facing the sector. The Table engaged FPT ministers on their views to drive growth in the sector. Ministers noted the significant work that the Table has undertaken and committed to work collaboratively with industry.

Ministers acknowledged the importance of trade. They discussed on-going trade negotiations to maintain and grow market access for Canada, and the importance of working together to help the agricultural sector expand their businesses in key global markets. Ministers also reiterated their strong support for supply management. Ministers agreed that an appropriately skilled and increased labour supply in the short and long term is critical to future growth, and also agreed on the importance of ensuring the effectiveness of temporary foreign workers programs.

FPT Ministers noted the successful launch in April 2018 of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion investment to help the sector grow, innovate and prosper. The Partnership provides ongoing investments to support leading edge discovery and applied science, spur innovation, and promote international trade, while ensuring that producers continue to have access to business risk management (BRM) programs.

The Government of Canada provided an update on progress toward legalization of cannabis. The cannabis industry is eligible to apply for federal programs under the Partnership. Provinces and territories have the discretion to determine eligibility for cannabis production for cost-shared programs.

For BRM programs, income from cannabis (including both medicinal and recreational) are not eligible for support under AgriStability and AgriInvest. Governments agree to monitor this over the coming years as the cannabis industry matures and stabilizes.

After significant effort over the past year, the external panel of experts presented its recommendations on BRM programming. Ministers thanked the panel on concluding their work and directed officials to move forward with additional work required on the recommendations and to report back on progress to Ministers in 2019. Ministers remain committed to continued engagement with industry, external experts and other stakeholders.
Topics at the meeting also included identifying areas for increased collaboration to streamline regulations, reduce regulatory burden and continue to uphold the safety and high quality of agricultural products. In addition, Ministers had the opportunity to hear about Indigenous agriculture activities currently underway in British Columbia and received an update from the federal government on the continued development of A Food Policy for Canada.

The next annual meeting of FPT Ministers will be held in Quebec City in July 2019.


“Canada’s farmers, ranchers and food processors provide safe, nutritious and sustainable food for the world, while creating well-paying jobs for our middle class. Federal, provincial and territorial governments are gathered here to focus on the overall competitiveness of the sector, and to create better opportunities for farmers and Canadians.”
– The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“It was wonderful to host my counterparts from around Canada here in Vancouver. As Agriculture ministers, we’re always looking at ways to make sure our programs and policies are working for farmers, producers and processors across the country. The discussions we had together on supporting research, trade and development, and on the next steps in business risk management programs bring the voices, ideas and concerns of Canadian farmers to the table, and ensure they are part of the conversation. I look forward to continuing to build strong relationships across Canada and working together for Canadian food production and security.”
– The Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture for British Columbia


NWT Arts Refresh in the South Slave

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.

South Slave NWT Arts Display
 Some of the art on display at the North of 60 Visitors Centre

Many of the displays at parks in the South Slave have also been refreshed – including at Hay River Territorial Park.

South Slave NWT Arts Display
Hay River Campground Gatehouse art displays and information

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!

South Slave NWT Arts Display
Queen Elizabeth Campground Gatehouse – Fort Smith
South Slave NWT Arts Display
Twin Falls Campground Gatehouse

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.

South Slave NWT Arts Display
Lady Evelyn Falls Campground Gatehouse – Kakisa
South Slave NWT Arts Display
Fort Providence Campground Gatehouse

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.

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