Raison d'être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do

Mandate and role

CanNor works with partners to advance economic development in Canada's territories. The Agency supports, invests in and advocates for national, territorial and community level economic development; fosters growth and innovation; contributes to building capacity; and invests in foundational economic development projects in the territories. In addition, through the Northern Projects Management Office the Agency coordinates federal participation in the territorial environmental review processes and maintains the Crown consultation record for major projects.

The Agency works closely with all federal partners to advance a whole of government approach to economic development in the territories.

As part of the ISED portfolio, CanNor supports the implementation of the Government of Canada priorities and the mandate letter for the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.

Raison d'être

The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) is the Government of Canada's Regional Development Agency responsible for supporting economic development in the territories.

The Agency works in the three territories to support the conditions for a sustainable, diversified and innovative economy in collaboration with Northerners/Indigenous peoples, businesses, organizations, other federal departments and other levels of government.

The Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages is the Minister responsible for CanNor.

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