Talk:Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
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Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (aka CanNor) was announced in Iqaluit on August 18, 2009 by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The agency is a stand-alone department in the Government of Canada and reports to the Honorable Minister Chuck Strahl, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada and federal interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians and Minister for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Nicole Jauvin has been appointed as the first Deputy Minister and President. The scope of the agency is limited to Canada's three territories and Budget 2009 provided $10 million dollars a year in operations funding for the agency. The Headquarters is in Iqaluit, Nunavut with regional offices in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Whitehorse, Yukon. CanNor currently has eight areas of major programming, including the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development program, the Aboriginal Economic Development programs, the Economic Development Initiative, the Secretariat to Federal Councils, the Northern Project Management Office, the Community Adjustment Fund, Recreational Infrastructure Canada, and Skills development.
In recognition of the complicated regulatory regime in the North, CanNor will also host the Northern Project Management Office (NPMO). The NPMO will streamline regulatory processes and coordinate the work of federal departments involved in natural resource development projects in the three northern territories and in the northern offshore. The headquarters of the NPMO is in Yellowknife.
Minister Strahl's title is by far the longest for a Minister in the Canadian Government.
The short for for the agency (CanNor) follows in the footsteps of other regional development agencies, such as FedDev Ontario, and FedNor Ontario (under Industry Canada).
CanNor is the only Canadian federal department with headquarters north of the 60th parallel.