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Increased investment will help grow local businesses and create jobs

October 20, 2014 – Iqaluit, NU – Office of the Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council

Today, Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced an increased investment to help create and grow businesses in the Baffin Region. The Government of Canada has provided additional loan capital to the Baffin Business Development Corporation (BBDC) to support the development of small and medium-sized businesses and to create jobs in several sectors of the economy, including: construction, fishing, retail, service, hospitality, and arts and crafts.

With CanNor's investment of $1.5 million, the BBDC is positioned to meet increasing demands for loans to Nunavut businesses in the Baffin region. The funding was placed in BBDC's revolving investment fund, increasing their available loan capital. Businesses may apply for loans directly to BBDC and, if eligible, would receive repayable loans to advance their business development objectives.

This type of loan capital addresses needs not met by regular financial institutions, and serves as a catalyst to foster a diverse and dynamic local economy and create jobs.

Quick facts

  • BBDC has provided more than 767 loans to Baffin entrepreneurs, totalling over $43 million in the past 25 years. Loans are typically used to support the creation of new businesses or the expansion of existing ones.
  • These loans have helped to create and maintain more than 3,000 jobs in 13 communities.
  • This most recent investment has already supported eight loans to businesses in Iqaluit and Pangnirtung. Of these loans, 50% were to Aboriginal businesses. The loans supported three sectors of the economy: cultural, professional services and retail.


"Our Government is proud to make investments that will assist entrepreneurs with starting new businesses and help existing companies expand their operations in Canada's North. By working with our partners in the Nunavut business community, we continue to increase economic growth and create good, well-paying jobs in the Qikiqtaaluk Region."

- Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council

"The Baffin Business Development Corporation is pleased to receive the financial support from CanNor. This capital injection will assist in ensuring the future of our lending programming and support to entrepreneurs and businesses in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut. CanNor has been an important partner to BBDC and the Community Futures program in Nunavut and we look forward to continued support and positive relations."

- Valerie Kosmenko,
General Manager
Baffin Business Development Corporation

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For further information please contact:

Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Ted Laking

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region

CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.

Baffin Business Development Corporation
Valerie Kosmenko
General Manager

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