April 13, 2017
Government officials got a first-hand look at some of the businesses that make up Yellowknife’s manufacturing community this week.
Several Ministers, MLAs and senior officials took part in the tour organized by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) to increase awareness of locally-fabricated products and the importance of the sector in diversifying the economy.
The tour included stops at several Approved Northern Manufacturers:
- Energy Wall & Building Products Ltd.
- Fiberglass North
- Paul Bros. Nextreme Inc.
- C.R Enterprises Limited
Manufactured goods in the NWT include: signs, modular structures, steel plate girders, specialized steel components, fuel trucks and tanks, trusses, windows and cabinetry, however, the sector is much more than just products. There are significant employment, training and business opportunities that are possible through this sector.
Manufacturing: By the Numbers
- 143: the number of people in the NWT employed in manufacturing (directly and indirectly) in 2015.
- $11 Million: the total GDP contribution made by the NWT’s manufacturing sector in 2015.
- 11: the number of Approved NWT Manufacturers in the NWT (5 in the North Slave, 5 in the South Slave, and 1 in the Beaufort Delta Region)
Site visits have also occurred previously in Yellowknife and Hay River coupled with information sharing events to address varying opportunities, policies and processes. ITI is working to develop a Northern Manufacturing Strategy, a mandate priority of the 18th Legislative Assembly.
Click here to learn more about northern manufacturing.