YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES -- (Marketwire) -- 03/06/13 -- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council today announced an investment that will improve the availability of scientific data to advance sustainable economic development in the Beaufort Delta region.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in projects that offer Northerners local job opportunities in the high tech sector," said Minister Aglukkaq. "This investment will increase local capacity to deliver satellite imagery, which is a significant factor in attracting resource development and in supporting economic growth in the North."
Aurora Research Institute's Acting Director Jeff O'Keefe is excited by the possibilities this funding will provide. "CanNor's contribution will help to develop remote sensing data processing capacity including satellite imagery for the NWT and International research community." O'Keefe said. "The funding will help create a satellite office of the NWT Centre for Geomatics at the Western Arctic Research Centre in Inuvik which can facilitate responsive data for time sensitive projects, such as ice monitoring or spill detection in the Beaufort Delta region."
CanNor's investment of $265,000 will help to establish the Western Arctic Office (WAO) of the NWT Centre for Geomatics. The WAO will be located in Inuvik and will be tasked with maximizing opportunities of the existing Inuvik Satellite Station Facility. The facility is becoming an important global satellite receiving station and has the potential to expand further. The WAO will work with the facility, the NWT Centre for Geomatics and Aurora Research Institute to increase access to geospatial data and applications, and identify research partnership opportunities.
"Our Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security," concluded Minister Aglukkaq.
Investment in this project is made possible through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity-building across the North.
SINED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor. CanNor delivers on its exclusive northern mandate through funding programs, providing project management services, leveraging the federal role in the North, serving as a champion for northern interests, and undertaking policy and research.
For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.cannor.gc.ca.
For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: www.northernstrategy.ca/index-eng.asp.
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