Investments in northern Canada will lead to inclusive and diversified economic development

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Minister Bains announces $7.4 million for reliable geoscience research that will support future mining and infrastructure development

September 15, 2017 – Iqaluit, NU – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Canadians living in northern Canada will benefit from new job opportunities and a better quality-of-life thanks to a $7.4 million investment in geoscience research in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

The announcement was made today in Iqaluit by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor.

The two-year funding will ensure that geoscientists can continue studying the north's mineral, soil, water, and energy resources. This data can lead to significant scientific advancements and provides valuable information to make informed economic development decisions, which ultimately benefits the quality of life for northern Canadians.The funding also encourages the professional development of Indigenous Peoples in the mining sector.

Regional economic development investments are part of the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.


“Each region of our country has unique strengths. That means innovation doesn’t just happen in the big cities—it happens in every region of the country. Investing in geoscience research promotes the north’s regional advantage. The funding creates well-paying jobs for the north and encourages further skills training. The data collected through the research also leads to a higher quality of life for all northern Canadians.”

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

“Geoscience is crucial to the responsible development of mineral resources and climate change adaptation in Nunavut. It informs decision-making, fosters development and helps build a skilled local workforce. This funding will ensure Nunavut’s natural resources are managed in a way that safeguards economic benefit for Nunavummiut now, and in the future.”

Monica Ell-Kanayuk,
Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, Government of Nunavut

“Geoscience is vital to developing a strong resource sector that will provide economic benefits for our residents, businesses, and Aboriginal governments. It contributes to enhanced exploration and development activity and informs decision-making regarding the future of our mineral and resource industries, infrastructure investment, and the environment. I look forward to the economic opportunities that this investment will bring.”

Wally Schumann
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Government of Northwest Territories

“The Yukon Geological Survey’s world-class research increases our knowledge regarding Yukon’s geologic resource potential and assists with land and resource management decision-making. This funding will support new research into Yukon's geothermal energy potential‎ and enable further enhancements of Yukon’s geochemical database.”

Ranj Pillai
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Government of Yukon

Quick Facts

  • CanNor is investing $7,422,335 in geoscience research over two-years, across the three territories

  • Combined with other funding from federal departments, territorial governments, private sector, and post-secondary institutions, the total two-year funding is $13,474,335.

  • Funded projects will help address climate change adaptation challenges, improve industry and government decision making for development projects, and support landslide and wetlands assessments. 

  • This funding helps to encourage exploration and mining projects in the north, while promoting a sustainable mining industry.

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Office of the Honourable Navdeep Bains
Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
(343) 291-2500

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region
(867) 975-3722
Government of Nunavut
Eugenie Kwok
Manager, Communications
(867) 975-7818

Government of the Northwest Territories
Drew Williams
Manager, Communications
(867) 767-9202 ext. 63037

Government of Yukon

Sue Thomas
Energy, Mines and Resources, Communications
(867) 667-5809

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