Investments Strengthen Nunavut's Fishing Industry

Three Projects Aim to Diversify Region's Fishery and Create Jobs

January 15, 2014 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – Office of the Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council, operates the marine training simulator at Nunavut Arctic College. She is accompanied by Lootie Toomasie, Chairman and CEO of Arctic Fisheries Alliance. Recent upgrades to the simulator were made possible by investments from CanNor.

Minister Leona Aglukkaq was in Iqaluit today to announce funding for three projects aimed at diversifying Nunavut's fishing industry, creating jobs and enhancing training opportunities in this vital sector of the territory's economy. Together, the three projects represent an investment of over $360,000 in Nunavut's fisheries industry.

CanNor is investing $220,000 to help conduct two studies that will explore the turbot fishery, which could benefit the communities of Grise Fiord and Qikiqtarjuak by creating new jobs. Funding of $85,000 for the renewal of Nunavut's Fisheries Strategy will map the way forward for the sector. Lastly, CanNor is investing $58,000 to enhance a training simulator that will help individuals develop the skills they need to prepare for a career in the fishing sector.

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.

Quick facts

  • In 2012-13, the total market value of the actual harvest for Nunavut's turbot, northern shrimp and arctic char was $79 million, with a potential market value of $110 million.
  • More than 700 people have been trained by the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium (NFMTC) since 2005.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to creating jobs and economic growth in the North. In collaboration with our partners, this investment supports Nunavut's fishing industry – one of the key sectors for economic development in the region."

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

"CanNor's support for research, training and renewal of the Nunavut Fisheries Strategy will ensure that Nunavummiut continue to see increasing benefits from the development of this important resource."

- Johnny Mike, Minister of Environment, Government of Nunavut

"CanNor funding for the simulator will give our students greater knowledge and exposure to attain the Bridgewatch Rating certificate. This sought-after diploma will give Inuit beneficiaries more access to jobs on Nunavut-owned offshore fishing vessels."

- Elizabeth Cayen, Executive Director, Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium

"We are extremely pleased with the fact that the federal government, through CanNor, is supporting our efforts to help develop local fisheries for our communities. This is just the beginning of our efforts to help create fisheries economic development opportunities for communities in Nunavut."

- Lootie Toomasie, Chief Executive Officer, Arctic Fishery Alliance

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Media Contacts

Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Jennifer Kennedy
819-997-1441

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor
867-975-3722

Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment
Devon Imrie
Acting Director of Fisheries and Sealing
867-473-2642

Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium
Elizabeth Cayen
Executive Director
867-979-7862

Arctic Fishery Alliance
Lootie Toomasie
Chairman and CEO
867-927-8894

 
 

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