Harper Government Supports Business Development in NWT

Training Opportunities will Expand Capacity for Business Owners and Employees

YELLOWKNIFE, April 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Minister Aglukkaq today announced an investment to support the development of small and medium enterprises in Yellowknife. This investment will see affordable training and professional development opportunities provided for business owners and employees over the next two years.

The training will be provided by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and will focus on financial and human resource management and include a marketing booster module. This training will assist local businesses to improve their competitiveness in the marketplace.

Quick Facts  

  • CanNor is partnering with the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, City of Yellowknife and the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT) to ensure that Northerners have the skills and training they need to take part in the northern economy.
  • CanNor's funding ($144,960) will support this initiative over a two year period (2014-15 and 2015-16) in order to maximize the number of participants engaging in this training opportunity. 
  • The Board of Directors of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce has identified three primary skill shortages among the small business community – financial management, human resource management and marketing. The Business Development Bank of Canada offers courses in these three areas and through this partnership, 90% of the cost for businesses to participate is covered.


"Our Government is committed to creating and protecting jobs and opportunities. We are proud to work with our partners to support the growth of small and medium enterprises in Canada's North. These projects will provide entrepreneurs with improved tools to expand and diversify their businesses and create jobs."

Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council

"Affordable training and professional development opportunities will increase expertise in the private sector, lead to greater employee retention and provide businesses with more opportunity to innovate and develop through improved business practices."

Jason McEvoy
President - Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce

"Supplying entrepreneurs with opportunities to build their business acumen is an essential part of the City of Yellowknife's Economic Development Strategy and part of a sustainable future for Yellowknife."

Mark Heyck
Mayor of Yellowknife

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.


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: Shane Kilpatrick, Communications, 613-240-7682; Proponent/partner contact person: Deneen Everett, Executive Director, Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, 867-920-4944; For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca; For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca


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