Sign of the Times: Sylvia Grinnell Park receives boost

News Release

Canada 150 funding enhances park experiences for Iqaluit residents and visitors

July 13, 2016 – Iqaluit, NU – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor announced $62,822 in funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) to upgrade outdated and damaged signage in Iqaluit’s Sylvia Grinnell Park, one of the most popular and visited parks in Nunavut.

The project consists of replacing and redesigning interpretive signage throughout the Park this summer. The updated signage will give details about the Park’s history, local wildlife, and Inuit culture in the region, improving the park experience for locals and visitors alike.


“The upgrades to the signage in Syliva Grinnell Park are a good example of what CIP 150 is all about. Supporting improvements to the places where families go to spend quality time together is an ideal way to invest in our communities so that they can be enjoyed by Canadians for years to come.”

Navdeep Bains,
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

“With National Parks Day approaching on July 16, Sylvia Grinnell Park will be filled with visitors. The Government of Canada recognizes the value of enhancing tourism and community infrastructure so visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area and better understand and appreciate Inuit culture, history, traditional knowledge, and Arctic ecosystems.”

Bardish Chagger,
Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Quick facts

  • An additional $41,921 in support for the Sylvia Grinnell signage redesign is being provided by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Environment, for a total investment of $104,743.
  • As outlined in Budget 2016, an additional $150 million will be provided over two years for CIP 150, bringing the total funding available to $300 million across the country. The program supports projects to renovate, expand and improve spaces such as community centres, parks and arenas across Canada as part of the Government of Canada’s celebration of our country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. CIP 150 continues to be delivered by CanNor in the North

Associated links


Office of the Honourable Navdeep Bains

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Rebecca McDonald
Communications Advisor, Northwest Territories Region

Department of Environment
Tana Silverland
Manager, Communications

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