WHITEHORSE, July 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Yukon MP Ryan Leef, on behalf of Minister Leona Aglukkaq, announced an investment to support northern communities to become more self-sufficient and sustainable while improving the availability of locally grown food in Yukon.
This investment will see experts hired to conduct research on greenhouses in the following Yukon communities: Dawson City, Faro, Ross River, and Carcross. This research will result in feasibility studies, business plans, and market analysis that will determine the likelihood of success for potential greenhouses in these communities.
- CanNor is investing $180,015 in feasibility studies and technical support in these projects. Business, community and government partners invested an additional $41,934, bringing the total investment in these greenhouse initiatives to $221,949.
- In August 2014 the Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced up to $2 million for the Northern Greenhouse initiative which supports northern communities and business to develop food-producing greenhouses.
"Our Government has worked closely with Northern communities, research centres, and growers to improve self-sustaining and food secure regions in the North. These investments support a significant suite of programs designed to bring fresh and nutritious food to our communities".
Member of Parliament for Yukon
PM announces measures to promote northern agriculture
CanNor supports a diversified northern economy
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 (CanNor)
For further information: Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Ted Laking, 819-997-1441; Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Krisandra Reid, Communications Advisor, Yukon Region, 867-667-3210