Renewed and Expanded Funding for Food Production in the Northwest Territories

Press Release

March 30, 2023

A renewed funding partnership between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will see an investment of $7.6 million to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, agri‐food sector in the Northwest Territories (NWT) over the next five years.

The Sustainable Canadian Agriculture Partnership (Sustainable-CAP) takes effect on April 1.  It will provide funding for agriculture and agri-food projects to NWT-based producers, processors, retailers, non-profit organizations, and governments, including Indigenous Governments and Indigenous Organizations.

The new agreement increases government investment in the agriculture and agri-food sector by 25 per cent.
The priorities of Sustainable-CAP include market development and trade; building sector capacity and growth; science, research and innovation; resiliency and public trust; and climate change and the environment.

Sustainable-CAP will further work to encourage greater diversity and inclusion in the sector and strengthen relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

In the NWT, the GNWT’s partnership in Sustainable-CAP will enable NWT producers to access two key Business Risk Management programs, AgriStability and AgriInvest, designed to provide producers with protection against income and production losses and to help them manage risks that threaten the viability of their operations.

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“The GNWT’s support for regional agriculture programs is doing more than encouraging local food production. It promotes economic development and diversity. We know that the NWT has the capacity to meet more of its own food needs. We will continue to advance actions and investments to increase the production of fresh, healthy, safe and more affordable locally-grown food choices while bringing new economic opportunities to NWT residents.”

– Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Industry Tourism and Investment

Quick facts

  • The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3.5 billion, five-year agreement between the federal, provincial and territorial governments.
  • Sustainable-CAP is the fifth agreement signed between the Government of Canada and the GNWT since 2003.
  • The Government of Canada will provide 60 per cent ($4,578,750 or $915,750 annually) of the funding, and the GNWT will provide 40 per cent ($3,052,500 or $610,500 annually).

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For media requests, please contact:

Drew Williams

Asst. Director Strategic Communications

Policy Planning Communications and Analysis

Government of the Northwest Territories

drew_williams@gov.nt.ca

(867) 767-9202 (63037)

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