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QUÉBEC, Nov. 11, 2021 – Ten projects from the Nord-du-Québec region have been selected as part of the Fonds d’initiatives nordiques. In total, over $1,57 million will be granted to fund the 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 from Québec’s territory north of the 49e parallel will be supported.
Eight projects originating from Nord-du-Québec fall under FIN’s Section A and thus focus on promoting the development of northern communities and conserving the environment. Amongst these initiatives, seven originate from the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James territory and one from Nunavik. The two last projects from the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James territory are more entrepreneurial in spirit and are listed under Section B.
FIN is a financial assistance program that aims at meeting Nordic communities’ priority needs in real-time, as featured in the gouvernement du Québec’s Northern Action Plan (NAP). A total of $11 million has been allocated to this program. The SPN, which coordinates the 20-23 NAP implementation, is the lead agency for this program.
“The 2020-2023 Northern Action Plan has already had a positive impact on the Nord-du-Québec region’s vitality, and promoters remain committed to getting the job done. The ten selected projects will undoubtedly contribute to this momentum. An economic impact estimated at $1,57 is projected in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James and 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 happy to see today that the 2020-2023 Northern Action Plan has already had positive impacts on the vitality of the Nord-du-Québec region. Thanks to the Fonds d’initiatives nordiques, managed by the Société du Plan Nord, nine 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 Quebec. It is 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 the selected projects funded by the Fonds d’initiatives nordiques demonstrate the vitality and economic diversity of the Nord-du-Québec region. This support will make it possible to uphold innovative projects that will benefit the entire area concretely.”
Denis Lamothe, Ungava MLA and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James initiatives selected under FIN’s Section A, “Community Development and Environmental Conservation”:
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James initiatives selected under FIN’s Section B, “Entrepreneurial Initiatives”:
Nunavik initiatives selected under FIN’s Section A, “Community Development and Environmental Conservation”:
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Read the complete version of the 2020-2023 Northern Action Plan on SPN’s website: plannord.gouv.qc.ca.
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