Collaboration Paves the Way for Northern Innovation

CanNor supports entrepreneurship and economic development in Yukon with the YuKonstruct Makerspace

WHITEHORSE, June 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced an investment of $117,000 to support innovation and entrepreneurship through the YuKonstruct Makerspace. YuKonstruct, a non-profit organization based in Whitehorse, Yukon is using the funding to develop the Makerspace – a collaborative, multi-user workspace that gives Northerners access to the tools and equipment to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life.  

The first of its kind North of 60, the YuKonstruct Makerspace provides access to manufacturing equipment and offers educational workshops to train potential innovators to use the various tools available in the workspace. The Makerspace will help grow local, small-scale, manufacturing businesses while enabling entrepreneurs to produce inexpensive prototypes and develop new tools and products.


"The YuKonstruct Makerspace is a vibrant and exciting example of how collaboration can accelerate economic diversification, connect community, and support local businesses. By making a down payment on innovation, we are encouraging long-term sustainable growth in the North."

Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and
Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

"I have had the privilege to visit the YuKonstruct Makerspace many times and I am proud to support this truly collaborative initiative. Congratulations to all of the volunteers who have worked so hard to make this collaborative workspace available to Yukoners."

Larry Bagnell
Member of Parliament for Yukon

"YuKonstruct fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration. We are pleased CanNor has joined Government of Yukon in support of YuKonstruct. This support will encourage sustainable growth and diversification of Yukon's economy."

Stacey Hassard
Minister of Economic Development

"On behalf of the Board, staff, volunteers and members, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to CanNor for its ongoing faith and support in YuKonstruct and what we are trying to achieve. The YuKonstruct family and supporting organizations and individuals are collectively proud of what we have built and continue to build. None of this would have been possible without CanNor and we look forward to our ongoing partnership in the years to come." 

John Glynn-Morris
President, YuKonstruct

Quick Facts

  • Complementing the YuKonstruct Makerspace Society's contribution of $66,585, the Government of Yukon also invested $161,840 to the project in addition to their funding from previous years.

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SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

For further information: Office of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, 343-291-2500; Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Krisandra Reid, Communications Advisor, Yukon Region, 867-667-3210; For more information about CanNor, visit; YuKonstruct: John Glynn-Morris, Board President, 867 689 5269; Government of Yukon: Shona Mostyn, Manager, Marketing and Communications, 867-456-3913


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