Minister Fortier meets with Mayor Alty of Yellowknife

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August 5, 2021

Yesterday, the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, Mona Fortier spoke virtually with Her Worship Rebecca Alty, the Mayor of Yellowknife.

Minister Fortier and Mayor Alty discussed Canada’s draft Quality of Life Framework that was introduced in Budget 2021 to integrate quality of life considerations into decision-making. The framework provides a guide for moving beyond one set of well-being indicators – such as GDP – to look at Canadians’ quality of life in five domains – prosperity, health, environment, society and good governance. In addition to this sort of multi-dimensional thinking, the framework emphasizes inclusive and long-term thinking.

The Minister sought input on the discussion paper released alongside Budget 2021 and specifically Mayor Alty’s views on refining the indicators in the framework to better assess quality of life by ensuring that a broad range of factors are used to guide policy decisions in Canada.  

Mayor Alty shared the importance of good quality data to help governments track Canadians’ quality of life over time. The Mayor stressed the need to ensure there is a “made-in-the-North” approach to the framework, so that government policies are made and developed for the people living in the Territory, specifically through the integration of Canada’s Arctic and Northern Policy Framework. Mayor Alty and Minister Fortier discussed the importance of ensuring that all Canadians have access to a safe and affordable place to live – especially through investments made in the National Housing Strategy. They also discussed food security issues and the delivery of programs in the North.

Minister Fortier indicated that the feedback from this meeting, as well as other meetings, would be used to refine the framework, which will remain evergreen to ensure its continued relevance in measuring what matters for a good quality of life in Canada.

Minister Fortier also took the opportunity to discuss continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the work done by municipal governments to spearhead the country’s economic recovery. Canada entered the pandemic in a strong fiscal position, which has allowed the government to take quick and decisive action, support people and businesses, and make historic investments in the recovery.

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Jocelyn Lubczuk
Director of Operations and Communications
Office of the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Jocelyn.lubczuk@canada.ca
343-548-7863

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