Support for tourism development and arena to assist in economic
development of community
IQALUIT, Aug. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Office of the Minister of the
Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency (CanNor) and Minister for the Arctic Council
Minister Leona Aglukkaq today announced investments in three projects in
Kugluktuk to develop the community's tourism industry and provide much
needed upgrades to the arena and community hall.
The funding will support the completion of a Tourism Implementation and
Action Plan for the community with the aim of helping the Hamlet
increase its tour capacity and product development planning. It will
also assist in testing and developing customer standards and training
for residents, which will lead to an increase in business and
The Hamlet is also preparing to open the Kugluktuk Visitor, Cultural and
Conference Centre. This new centre will be a major focus of tourism
activities in the community. CanNor invested in the development of
materials that tell the story of the Coppermine Inuit. The artifacts
and display material will educate visitors as well as the youth of
Finally, CanNor is investing in upgrades to the Kugluktuk Arena and
Community Hall. These upgrades include the purchase and installation of
a new electrical system and sprinkler system to bring the building up
to Canadian Building Code standards.
CanNor invested $64,000 in the Tourism Development and Implementation
Plan. Additional funding is being provided by the Hamlet of Kugluktuk
($16,000) for a total project value of $80,000.
CanNor invested $144,000 for the development of display materials at the
Visitor, Cultural and Conference Centre. The Hamlet of Kugluktuk
provided additional investment of $36,000 for a total project value of
CanNor invested $139,000 for upgrades to Kugluktuk's Arena and Community
Hall with the Hamlet contributing an additional $139,000 for a total
project value of $278.000.
CanNor's total investment in the Hamlet of Kugluktuk is $347,000 with
the Hamlet contributing an additional $191,000.Total investment in
Kugluktuk for these projects is $538,000.
"The Government is pleased to invest in tourism development in
Kugluktuk. Creating a space where the community's history can be
celebrated, the Hamlet of Kugluktuk is creating a unique opportunity to
share its culture with both tourists and residents."
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council
"The Hamlet of Kugluktuk greatly appreciates the assistance from CanNor
in these important projects - without this support we would not have
been able to complete our renovations."
Mayor of Kugluktuk
Funding for these projects was made possible through CanNor's Community
Economic Opportunity Program, Targeted Investment Program, and the
Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. CanNor works to help develop
a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three
territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding
programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking
policy and research.
SOURCE: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Hamlet of Kugluktuk
Senior Administrative Officer