Iqaluit, Nunavut (June 21, 2012) – Today the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and Minister of Health, joined territorial partners, community leaders and industry stakeholders to officially open the new Iqaluit headquarters for CanNor, Canada's first stand-alone agency dedicated to northern economic development.
"Establishing the permanent location for CanNor in Iqaluit is an important milestone for the Harper Government," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Since its creation in 2009, CanNor has worked closely with its partners across the North, making real progress on creating jobs and business opportunities, supporting skills and capacity development, and creating long-term prosperity for northerners."
"Our Government is committed to strengthening economic growth in Canada's North," said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women. "We are very pleased to have been able to support CanNor with the construction of their headquarters in Iqaluit. Following an open, fair and transparent process the lease was awarded to an Inuit firm, demonstrating that our procurement system provides economic opportunities for Canadians across the country."
CanNor has delivered on its mandate to advance northern economic development through delivery of a suite of contribution programs, by aligning the efforts of partners and stakeholders, serving as a champion for northern interests, undertaking policy and research, and providing path-finding services for industry and a centralized source of information and guidance on northern regulatory systems and processes. Its programs and services include the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, the Northern Projects Management Office (NPMO), Aboriginal Economic Development programs, and the Northern Adult Basic Education program.
The new offices are located in Phase IV of the Inuksugait Plaza, which is owned and managed by Qikiqtaaluk Properties, a Nunavut-owned company. CanNor Iqaluit employees had been housed in temporary quarters since the Agency's establishment in 2009. Other federal government offices will be located in the same building including Public Works and Government Services Canada and the new Nunavut offices of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
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