Minister Vandal announces $234,000 through CanNor to improve local infrastructure and grow the economy


Funding for two sports and recreation initiatives supports opportunities for healthy living, community development and local economic growth

WHITEHORSE, Yukon, August 19, 2022 /CNW/ – Shared public spaces in towns and cities are at the heart of communities across Canada. Main streets, town centers, community and cultural centers, farmers’ markets, libraries, outdoor spaces and other public places attract residents and visitors, supporting local businesses and jobs. In many communities, these spaces have evolved as Canadians took precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Today, the Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister for PrairiesCan and Minister for CanNor; dr. Brendan Hanleydeputy of yukon; with the Honorable Jeanie McLean, Minister of Education and Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate, announced that the Government of Canada invests $234,000 support quality sports and recreational activities throughout the territory.

The government of Canada recognizes that communities thrive when they have infrastructure to promote social interaction and physical activity, and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. It is what makes our communities stronger, more connected and integral to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities.

This funding, provided by CanNor, is supporting two one-year projects that improve public infrastructure, get people back to public spaces safely, create jobs and boost local economies. These investments also demonstrate that the Government of from Canada commitment to supporting the sustainable and diversified growth of northern economic sectors.

Volleyball yukon receives $192,000 towards a one-year project to build three competitive beach volleyball courts in White horsewith an additional investment of $23,800 of the government of yukon. The courts are located near two White horse secondary schools and are accessible to the general public. CanNor’s funding will help improve public infrastructure and allow the organization to host future volleyball competitions, attract visitors to the city and strengthen the growing competitive sports community. Funding for this project comes from the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRFC).

sport yukon receives $42,000 toward a year-long project to redevelop the Klondike Road Relay (KRR), which is slated for September 2022with an additional investment of $14,400 of the government of yukon. CanNor’s funding will help the organization create a digital registration platform and outdoor gathering space. As a popular annual event, the KRR attracts participants from all over the yukon and beyond, making it an important driver for the economy. The event is also widely recognized for its role in maintaining a sense of unity among participants, partners and communities both along the route and beyond. Funding for this project is provided through Inclusive Diversification and Economic Advancement in the North (IDEANorth).


“The past two years have not only been difficult for the economy, but also for our health, our well-being and our sense of community and social interaction. Today, we look to the future and continue to build back stronger by ensuring that local recreation facilities are places to encourage people to come together and connect again. That’s why our government invests in initiatives like these that allow residents and visitors from around the world yukon participate in local sports. These activities, and the public infrastructure and opportunities that facilitate them, help strengthen the individuals, communities and local economies that make the yukon so special.”

The Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister of PrairiesCan and Minister of CanNor

“Many people live in the yukon to enjoy an active lifestyle, both indoors and outdoors. Investing in three additional volleyball courts for public use, along with funding for the redevelopment of the Klondike Road Relay, an annual mainstay of summer activities for Yukoners and visitors, is essential to increasing accessibility to sports and recreation and support Yukoners’ sense of community. Our government is responsive to the infrastructure needs of our territory that not only benefit the health of Yukoners, but also the health of the community as a whole. »

dr. Brendan Hanleydeputy of yukon

“By investing in recreational infrastructure, we are building yukon communities and help Yukoners stay active and healthy. The new volleyball courts will be used by Yukoners for years to come and will help the city host competitions and grow the sports community. I’m also happy to see support for the Klondike Road Relay, which is the most popular foot race in the yukon and this year it celebrates its 40th anniversarye anniversary. The yukon government will continue to support strategic planning that ensures our communities continue to grow while keeping Yukoners active and healthy.

The Honorable Ranj Pillai, yukon Minister of Economic Development

“Modern, safe and exciting recreation facilities are a key way for our government to support active living and competitive sport opportunities for Yukoners. These regulation size beach volleyball courts will allow our athletes to train and prepare for the 2022 Canada Summer Games and will provide a place for yukon students and community members to enjoy the game. The Klondike Road Relay is a race that Yukoners and visitors train hard for and is an event enjoyed by many. I look forward to seeing this funding improve this year’s race and ensure everyone stays safe while enjoying the course.”

The Honorable Richard Mostyn, yukon Minister of Community and Government Services

“I am so excited to see these courts come to life as they will be a great legacy for our community and for beach volleyball. This will support Volleyball Yukon’s vision and the growth of beach volleyball programming, both the recreational and competitive opportunities the courts will provide. Together with our sports and education partners, we are excited to build this facility and provide opportunities in this fun and growing sport!

Shannon PoelmanBeach Development, Volleyball Yukon

“The Klondike Road Relay is an iconic event yukon event for 40 years. Thanks to CanNor’s contributions, organizers of the Klondike Road Relay can ensure the prosperity of the race for another 40 years by making it more accessible to all, establishing more sustainable practices and promoting runner safety. »

Tracey BilskyGeneral Manager, Sport Yukon

Fast facts

  • The Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRCF) announced in Budget 2021 provides $500 million over two years for from Canada regional development agencies (RDAs) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces, helping to create the conditions and accessibility needed to stimulate local economies and bring Canadians together once it is safe to do so.
  • CRFC funding supports two main streams of activities:
    • adapt community spaces and assets so they can be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines
    • build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage and explore their communities and regions
  • Eligible recipients include non-profit organizations; rural, municipal or regional governments; indigenous groups and communities; and public sector bodies that provide municipal-type infrastructure.
  • The Inclusive Diversification and Economic Advancement in the North (IDEANorth) program makes foundational investments in economic infrastructure, sector development and capacity building to help position northerners in the territories to take advantage of from Canada innovation economy.

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SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

For further information: Kyle Allen, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, 819-953-1153; Laura Seeley, Communications Advisor, Yukon, CanNor, [email protected]; Damian Topps, Communications Analyst, Department of Economic Development, Government of Yukon, [email protected], 867-667-5378; Bonnie Venton Ross, Communications Analyst, Department of Community Services, Government of Yukon, [email protected]867-332-5513


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