NWT to benefit from increased tourism opportunities

News release

Federal government investment boosts tourism industry in the North

February 14, 2019 — Yellowknife, Northwest Territories — Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Tourism presents the Northwest Territories with an exciting opportunity to diversify and grow its economy. This is why the Government of Canada is investing almost $250,000 in three innovative and forward-looking tourism projects.

The 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.

Funding will go towards a variety of tourism activities including the installation of interactive wayfinding maps across Yellowknife, affordable adventure travel and an expanded winter festival. 

Through these investments, the federal government is supporting the growth of a diverse tourism industry and related jobs in the North.


“Tourism is a fast-growing sector in Canada, providing economic benefits and the creation of new jobs and opportunities. The North offers iconic, unique and share-worthy experiences that celebrate our diversity. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting activities that increase the economic wellbeing of communities in the North.”

Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor

“Tourism provides the Northwest Territories with an excellent opportunity to diversify its economy and share its unique experiences with visitors. Through this investment, which fosters economic development and job creation, the Northwest Territories will benefit from increased visitor numbers and spending.”

Michael McLeod
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

“From the High Arctic to the 60th Parallel, we know spectacular sights and stories abound in our Northwest Territories. Incremental investments like these help build the capacity of our people and communities to bring them to life with unforgettable experiences. With five consecutive years of tourism growth in our territory, we know these kinds of investments pay off.”

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

“Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Yellowknife economy. One of the city’s goals has been economic diversification, and as such we are excited to receive funding that will be used to ensure a positive visitor experience in our city.”

Rebecca Alty
Mayor, City of Yellowknife

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Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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Communications Advisor

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