Nordic Initiatives Fund – $ 766,000 to support ten projects in Nord-du-Québec



QUEBEC, November 11, 2021 / CNW Telbec / РTen projects from the Nord-du-Qu̩bec region were selected under the Northern Initiatives Fund. In total, more than $ 1.57 million will be awarded to fund selected projects that involve a wide variety of fields such as education, agriculture and tourism.

Today Mr. Jonatan julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord and Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions, announced $ 765,895 in funding to support these ten selected projects. In total, thirty-two initiatives in Quebec territory north of the 49th parallel will be supported.

Eight projects from Nord-du-Québec are part of component A of FIN and thus aim to promote the development of northern communities and the preservation of the environment. Among these initiatives, seven come from the territory of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James and one from Nunavik. The last two projects in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James have a more entrepreneurial spirit and are listed in section B.

FIN is a financial assistance program that aims to respond in real time to the priority needs of northern communities, as described in the Government of Quebec’s Action Plan for the North (PAN). A total of $ 11 million has been assigned to this program. The SPN, which coordinates the implementation of PAN 20-23, is the lead agency for this program.

Estimate :

“The 2020-2023 Northern Action Plan has already had a positive impact on the dynamism of the Nord-du-Québec region, and the promoters remain determined to get the job done. The ten projects selected will undoubtedly contribute to this momentum. An economic impact estimated at $ 1.57 is planned in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James and in Nunavik. These are the tangible results projected by our Northern Action Plan. “

Jonatan julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region and the Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region

“I am pleased to note today that the Action Plan for the North 2020-2023 has already had positive impacts on the vitality of the Nord-du-Québec region. Thanks to the Northern Initiatives Fund, managed by the Société du Plan Nord, nine of the diversified projects will improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of this beautiful territory by creating economic opportunities and better connecting the communities with the rest of the region. Quebec. That’s excellent news !”

Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and the Nord-du-Québec region

“The great diversity of selected projects funded by the Northern Initiatives Fund demonstrates the vitality and economic diversity of the Nord-du-Québec region. This support will make it possible to support innovative projects that will concretely benefit the entire territory.

Denis lamothe, Member of Parliament for Ungava and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister responsible for Native Affairs and the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks

Strong points :

Eeyou Istchee Baie-James initiatives selected in section A of FIN, “Community development and environmental conservation”:

  • The community organization Chisasibi Eeyou Resource and Research Institute (CERRI) will document the impact of climate change on the traditional livelihoods of the Crees. They will benefit from the involvement of the Cree community and their ecological knowledge. ($ 98 591)
  • The City of Chapais will create promotional tools to retain and attract residents and tourists with a unique proposition. ($ 44 334)
  • The Cree Nation Government’s Department of Commerce and Industry will study options to implement a circular economy project focused on economic sectors related to traditional Cree land use. ($ 80 834)
  • The Cree Nation of Waskaganish will build a safe natural trail for walking and cycling to promote physical activity. ($ 101 576)
  • The Oujé-Bougoumou Mianscum Solidarity Coop will build the necessary infrastructure to offer wooden workshops to promote the general health of members of its community. ($ 164 360)
  • The James Bay School Services Center (CSSBJ) will distribute a series of portraits on James Bay municipalities taken from the Survey on the workforce and training needs of businesses in the Nord-du-Québec region. These profiles will make it possible to raise the awareness of decision-makers and public bodies, thus guiding their actions. ($ 12 700)
  • Le Petit train inc. of Chapais, which offers stimulating activities to the youngest, will buy a building to expand its services and reach more families. ($ 35 000)

Eeyou Istchee Baie-James initiatives selected in section B of FIN, “Entrepreneurial initiatives”:

  • The Biopterre College Technology Transfer Center will diversify and strengthen BoraA Canada’s essential oil supply, by Chapais, with new niche products based on ingredients from the boreal forest. ($ 100 000)
  • Eeyou Communications Network will undertake a feasibility study to establish a data center on the territory of Eeyou Istchee Baie James. ($ 60 000)

Nunavik initiatives selected in section A of FIN, “Community development and environmental conservation”:

  • Members of the Raglan Mine Reclamation Subcommittee will undertake a microprogram at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) focused on Arctic mining and the environment. It will enable them to acquire the skills necessary to plan the closure of the mine in a constructive manner. ($ 68 500)

Related links :

Consult the complete list of selected Nordic initiatives.

Consult the complete version of the Northern Action Plan 2020-2023 on the SPN website:

Follow the deployment of 20-23 NAP on Twitter: @plannord.

SOURCE Société du Plan Nord

Information: Source: Geneviève Tremblay, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie − Îles-de-la-Madeleine region , Telephone: 418 643 -7295; For further information: Andréanne Séguin, Director of Communications, Société du Plan Nord, Telephone: 418 643-1874, ext. 66409

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