Micro-manufacturing facility and new solar energy bring new opportunities to community
Inuvik, NT – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) - The opening of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway in 2017 has led to new economic opportunities in the Beaufort Delta region. More visitors have led to increased economic and job opportunities for residents in the arts, accommodations, and other sectors.
The Government of Canada recognizes the important role these sectors play in growing the economy of the region. That’s why it’s investing over $734,000 in two projects within the region; one that supports the local arts industry, and another that will provide clean energy and savings for local businesses.
The funding was announced today by Michael McLeod, the Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor.
Part of the investment will go to the Nihat Corporation, which will purchase and install two photo-voltaic arrays at a hotel and supermarket in Inuvik. The corporation entered into long-term leasing contracts with both businesses and will train Nihtat Gwich’in members on how to operate and maintain the installation. The project will create two part-time jobs, provide new economic opportunities and clean energy for the community.
Recognizing a strong demand for locally-produced arts, crafts and tourism products as a result of the ongoing growth in tourism in the region, CanNor is also investing in Aurora College for the creation of an Arts, Crafts and Technology Micro-manufacturing Centre. This centre is designed as an arts and crafts-focused Micro-manufacturing facility and provides access to services such as laser engraving, silk screening, and 3D printing equipment. This space will employ two part-time technical advisors and will give local artists space to develop their products. Source : Government of Canada