Government of Canada makes investments to support Nunavut’s tourism industry as part of National Tourism Week

CanNor almost invests $1 million Towards four projects to help industry emerge from COVID, creating good jobs for northerners

IQALUIT, NU, June 3, 2022 /CNW/ – Nunavut has a lot to offer visitors: breathtaking landscapes, wide open spaces, diverse and inclusive experiences, and welcoming people. With a focus on health and safety and high COVID-19 vaccination rates, the territory is an attractive and memorable destination choice for visitors.

Today, as part of tourism week in Canadathe Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, announced investments of nearly $1 milliondelivered by CanNor, to support four projects in communities across Nunavut.

Tourism organizations are adapting and innovating to accommodate the return of the tourism sector. As communities invest and prepare to welcome visitors back, the Government of Canada supports these local economies, tourism businesses and other organizations so that more people across Canada and abroad can discover what we have to offer.

CanNor Investment Support Nunavut tourism projects

These investments are supporting four projects across Nunavutincluding infrastructure upgrades in Entrance to the pondnew safety equipment to meet pandemic-related regulations in arctic bay and Cambridge Bay, and expedite the purchase of equipment to support small-scale freight and tourist charters in the Kivalliq. Funding for these projects contributes to from Nunavut economic growth, supports innovative, inclusive and adaptive solutions to improve the tourism experience and provides at least 25 part-time jobs and continuous employment for five existing positions as well as training for Inuit.


“Our government continues to be there for the northern and Arctic tourism sector, providing support to help businesses through tough times and help them grow as the industry recovers. By working together, our government is helping to support Nunavut businesses and the local economy in their efforts to provide a world-class visitor experience, while creating and maintaining jobs for Nunavummiut. »

-The Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

“Canada’s tourism sector continues to be one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are fully committed to supporting businesses and organizations through these challenging times, keeping safety a top priority while ensuring they get support to recover quickly, innovate their products and services, and thrive. The Tourism Relief Fund will help businesses adapt, make improvements and be ready to welcome visitors again. It is also part of a broader strategy to help the sector survive the pandemic, recover and grow. The Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers.”

-The Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

“This funding from CanNor to improve our tourist attractions comes at a very opportune time for our remote community as Entrance to the pond plans to welcome 14 cruise ships and 5 private yachts this 2022 season after two years without being able to welcome tourists due to the pandemic. This funding will enable approximately 4,800 cruise ship tourists to explore and enjoy Salmon River during their visit to Entrance to the pond.”

Therese DaluegPond Inlet Community Economic Development Officer

“Since the start of this year’s ice edge season, we have doubled our number of clients compared to previous years and have been able to hire 24 people seasonally, including young people and people which is a 75% increase. Without the Tourism Relief Fund, our business would not have been able to survive the pandemic. However, Arctic Bay Adventures has been able to stay open and grow its business. We are now able to bring the guests and provide the product the world asks for. The community is forever grateful for this support.”

Marc LewandoskiGeneral Manager, Arctic Bay Adventures

Fast facts

  • Funding for these projects comes from the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) and the Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program (NAEOP).
  • Administered by from Canada regional development agencies and Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), FRT helps businesses and tourism organizations adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth.
  • With a budget of $500 million over two years (end March 31, 2023), including a minimum of $50 million specifically dedicated to Indigenous tourism initiatives, and $15 million for national priorities, this fund will position Canada to be a destination of choice as domestic and international travel rebounds.
  • The NAEOP is divided into two funding streams. The Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning (CROP) program aims to improve the economic development capacity of Indigenous communities and increase economic development in the three territories. The Entrepreneurship and Business Development (EDA) Program assists Indigenous entrepreneurs and Indigenous businesses through project-based support for activities that facilitate the establishment or growth of Indigenous businesses.

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SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

For further information: Kyle Allen, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister for PrairiesCan and Minister for CanNor, 819-953-1153; Craig Welsh, Communications Advisor, Nunavut, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, [email protected]

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