Announces measures to continue economic development in Canada’s North
24 August 2011
Baker Lake, Nunavut
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today toured Nunavut’s highly successful Meadowbank gold mine and pledged to continue economic development in Canada’s North.
"Our Government remains focused on the economy, job growth and expanding new opportunities from coast-to-coast-to-coast," said the Prime Minister. "Canada’s North is full of economic potential and innovators continue to unlock development possibilities that bring with them real economic benefits and long-term jobs for local residents."
The Prime Minister also announced support for the establishment of an office for the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines in Iqaluit. The office will help serve the needs of the growing mining industry in the territory and promote the Nunavut mining industry around the world. The office will also promote job opportunities in the mining sector for students, and promote environmentally responsible development and growth of mining and mineral exploration.
The Prime Minister also highlighted that the Government’s Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program is continuing to generate geophysical maps that are helping Canadian companies locate rich mineral deposits, which reduces exploration risks and costs and encourages economic development in the North. In the area around Baker Lake alone, the GEM project has released 33 new geophysical maps over the past 12 months, with more expected as ongoing field work is conducted over the summer.