Federal government supports tourism infrastructure in Yellowknife, NWT
The tourism industry plays a key economic, social and cultural role in the Northwest Territories, and is an important part of diversifying the Northern economy. The Canadian Government has supported the industry since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and has demonstrated its commitment to helping the Northern tourism industry during the crisis and for the post-pandemic period, so that the territories will be ready to welcome tourists from across Canada and around the world once the right conditions are in place.
Throughout the pandemic, tourism businesses have demonstrated their resilience, patience, creativity and adaptability. Tourism is a major driver of economic diversification in NWT and will be a key player in the territory’s economic recovery. The Government of Canada, through CanNor, is continuing its support for the industry and is stepping up to help by providing a new investment in NWT’s tourism infrastructure.
“Every economic sector has felt the significant effects of the pandemic’s numerous challenges over this past year. As we rebuild regional economies, we also start to rebuild our vibrant Northern tourism industry. I am encouraged and inspired by the industry’s adaptability, creativity and resilience. Today’s investment from CanNor to enhance visitor infrastructure supports the tourism sector in Yellowknife and across NWT. By working together, our communities will come out stronger.” Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories
Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, announced an investment of over $375,000 to support a two-year project to renovate Yellowknife’s soon-to-be relocated Visitor Centre.
The renovation will enhance visitor experience and ensure accessibility at the new Centre Square Mall location in downtown Yellowknife. The Yellowknife Visitor Centre is a tourist hub and often the starting point for visitors exploring Yellowknife, the North Slave region of NWT and beyond. The new centralized location in downtown Yellowknife will also support urban economic development.
This announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting the tourism industry in the Northwest Territories and across the country. CanNor’s continued support of the NWT tourism industry contributes to building a stronger and more resilient tourism economy in the North and supports communities.