IQALUIT, Feb. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development, today concluded his five-day tour of
the territories with a visit to Iqaluit accompanied by the Honourable
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency, Minister for the Arctic Council and Member of Parliament for
In Iqaluit, Minister Kenney learned first-hand about the territories'
strong economy, met with employers and training institutions to learn
more about challenges like skills development, highlighted measures in
Economic Action Plan 2014 that benefit the North, met with Aboriginal
community and government leaders, and discussed recently announced
changes to Employment Insurance for northerners.
During his visit to Nunavut Arctic College, Minister Kenney discussed
how governments and employers can work together to create jobs, growth
and long-term prosperity in the North. For example, the new Meliadine
gold mine and the Mary River Iron Ore development will enhance
opportunities for business and will help boost the economy for years to
Minister Kenney also highlighted measures in Economic Action Plan 2014
that will create opportunities and increase the quality of life for
northerners, including infrastructure investments, a new fund to
improve health care services in the North and a commitment to enhance
funding for the Nutrition North program.
According to the Conference Board of Canada, Nunavut's real gross
domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 3.7 percent in 2015.
The mining industry in Nunavut will be one of the most important
economic drivers in the years ahead.
The Government of Canada is advancing an integrated Northern Strategy
that will strengthen Canada's sovereignty, protect our environmental
heritage, promote economic and social development and improve northern
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity for all Canadians. To capitalize on the tremendous
economic opportunity in the territories, including resource
development, we're taking action to address skills shortages and
encouraging businesses to be involved in training programs specific to
the North's economic needs. We need to ensure that workers are ready to
seize job opportunities both today and tomorrow."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
"As Regional Minister for the North and Minister of the Canadian
Northern Economic Development Agency, I am pleased to see that
businesses and training organizations are willing to play a greater
role in helping northerners gain the skills to succeed in the labour
force. Employers will seek out qualified individuals as they plan their
long-term expansion. We must encourage northerners to take advantage of
the numerous education, training and job opportunities at hand."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for
the Arctic Council
Ensuring Employment Insurance program reflects local economies in the
Government of Canada's Northern Strategy
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
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Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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