Federal support for fisheries and sealing in Nunavut provides jobs and opportunities
TDS News – Nunavut’s fishing and sealing industries are key economic drivers in the territory, supporting the livelihood of generations of Inuit. These industries are a source of sustainable economic development in Nunavut, providing jobs for Nunavummiut, as well as presenting a significant potential for growth.
The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) has long been a supporter of Nunavut’s fishing and sealing industries, recognizing their positive economic impacts in the territory. For over a decade, CanNor has worked with federal departments and partners, including the Government of Nunavut, Inuit organizations, and businesses, to invest in extensive fisheries research, marketing, and professional training.
Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor, met with members of Nunavut’s fishing industry, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, and the Government of Nunavut. During that meeting, he highlighted investments of over $3.2 million that have been made to support six projects that will continue to grow and diversify Nunavut’s economy. This investment builds on CanNor’s support to the development of Nunavut’s fishing and sealing industries.
These investments support projects that are providing safe work environments for employees on vessels and in plants during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as projects that are helping to examine innovative ways to expand and promote Nunavut’s fishing and sealing industries into new markets, support exploratory fisheries (focusing on redfish and char), as well as small scale inshore fisheries exploration in the communities of Arviat, Kinngait, and Sanikiluaq. These investments will bring new jobs and opportunities for Nunavummiut.
By investing in Nunavut’s fishing and sealing industries, the Government of Canada is helping position the territory’s economy for a strong recovery, while supporting the government’s commitment to create over one million jobs across Canada, restoring employment to previous levels.