Guaranteed Advance, Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur, Fur Trade, Business Assistance

Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program

What is the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program

This program: 

  • Provides Northwest Territories (NWT) trappers with access to the international fur market.
  • Actively markets and promotes fur at international venues through partnerships with other harvesting jurisdictions and the private sector.
  • Provides NWT harvesters protection against sudden and unanticipated declines in market prices and pays all associated costs of selling furs at auction, including shipping and drumming. 

The distinctive label, depicting a traditional Dene snowshoe, guarantees the buyer a single source of high quality authentic NWT-harvested fur.

All wild furs in the GMVF Collection are harvested as part of an ongoing, centuries-old tradition using the most humane trapping techniques in the fur industry today and comply with European market guidelines and standards set out in the Agreement on International Humane Trap Standards.

This program is administered by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Five sub-programs under the GMVF Program

Guaranteed Fur Advance

Guaranteed Fur Advance provides trappers with fully guaranteed interim funds to continue trapping while still awaiting the sale of furs at auction.

Trapper's Grubstake

Trapper's Grubstake provides eligible trappers with funds to defray a portion of their startup costs at the beginning of each trapping season.

Prime Fur Bonus Program

Prime Fur Bonus Program provides funds based upon successful market performance and provides an incentive to deliver high quality well-handled fur pelts for sale. Prime Fur Bonus is paid when the value of fur sold at auction meets or exceeds the value of the advance. 

Hide and Fur Program

The Hide and Fur Program provides NWT artisans the support they need to get access to raw materials at affordable prices.

Trapper Recognition Program

Trapper Recognition Program is an award that is part of a continuing program to build and strengthen the production and capacity in the trapping industry. Winners are awarded a plaque signed by the Minister and a jacket bearing the logo of the GMVF Program.