Funding for two projects will help to address connectivity needs
YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, April 22, 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 funding for two projects in the Northwest
Territories. First, CanNor funding will be used to support Northern Connections: Broadband and Canada's Digital Divide. This project brought major communications stakeholders together in
Spring 2014 to synthesize data and determine the next steps required to
achieve enhanced connectivity for the North.
CanNor is also investing in connectivity at the community level in
Colville Lake, Northwest Territories. This investment will enhance the
communications capacity of Colville Lake's development corporation
through the purchase of IT equipment and standardized information
systems. This project will increase efficiency and information sharing
and the community's capacity to connect to emerging economic
opportunities and partners in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest
In collaboration with the Government of the Northwest Territories and
the Public Policy Forum, CanNor's funding of $25,000 helped bring
together northern decision makers to discuss the design and
implementation stages of enhancing northern connectivity. Reports can
be viewed on Canada's Public Policy Forum's website.
CanNor partnered with Berah Gutone Tue Enterprises Ltd. with an
investment of $130,000 for connectivity upgrades for the community of
Colville Lake, NWT.
"Our Government is proud to invest in projects that will improve access
and reliability of connectivity in communities, which is important to
the long-term economic growth and prosperity of Canada's North."
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council
"Broadband connectivity is one of the greatest enablers for economic
diversification, growth and service delivery. This is one of the many
reasons the GNWT has invested in the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link. We
are proud to partner with CanNor and the Public Policy Forum in order
to seek common ground and identify areas for collaboration to help
expand connectivity in the North."
J. Michael Miltenberger
Minister of Finance, Government of the Northwest Territories
"Although we are a very small, isolated community we rely on the
internet for our daily business and community government operations
therefore we are very pleased with the proposed upgade."
Band Manager, Behdzi Ahda First Nation
Northern Connections: Broadband and Canada's Digital Divide
Government of Canada Invests in Northern Connectivity
Pan-territorial Partners Make Broadband Connectivity Recommendations
SOURCE: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Communications Advisor, NWT Region
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.
Government of the Northwest Territories
Behdzi Ahda First Nation Name
For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca
For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca