WHITEHORSE,YT, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council, today
announced funding that will strengthen Yukon businesses and foster a
sustainable and diversified Yukon economy.
"Our Government is proud to contribute to projects that support strong,
sustainable and prosperous northern communities," said Minister
Aglukkaq. "This investment will help grow existing businesses and
foster emerging business opportunities for new entrepreneurs."
"The Government of Canada is proud to work with our partners to support
the growth of small and medium enterprises in Canada's North," said
Yukon Member of Parliament Ryan Leef. "The Partnering for Success initiative provides local Yukon businesses with tools to diversify and
expand their businesses so they can continue to grow and prosper."
"The economic future of Yukon is based to a large degree on the
development and expansion of the private sector," said Rick Karp,
President of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, "Partnering for
Success brings the business community together with governments at all
levels, as a conduit for action to strengthen and grow Yukon's
economy." The Chamber, and indeed the business community who benefit
from this program, are very grateful to CanNor for their support."
CanNor's investment of $100,000 will support the Partnering for Success
initiative led by the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce (WCC), which has
been ongoing since 2006. This year, the Partnering for Success
initiative will focus on three priority areas.
Developing and implementing a 'Women in Business' Network. This will
help to increase participation by women in the private sector;
Creating an Aboriginal Business Development framework to support First
Nations in business. Outreach, engagement, and support for developing a
framework will advance business and employment opportunities for Yukon
First Nations; and,
Continuing to support other Partnering initiatives such as the Yukon
Labour Market Strategy.
Partnering for Success is an ongoing initiative of the WCC that provides
the business sector in Yukon opportunities to interact with and advise
the public sector about how to strengthen and sustain Yukon's growing
CanNor investment in this project is made possible through its
Partnership and Advisory Forum fund of the Strategic Investments in
Northern Economic Development (SINED) program. The Partnership and
Advisory Forums support increased dialogue on northern economic
development issues and help to increase capacity in delivering projects
in the North. 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.
For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca
For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce