November 24, 2016 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and the Honourable Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Nunavut's Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, co-chaired the Canadian Council of Tourism Ministers' (CCTM) meeting.
At the meeting, federal, provincial and territorial partners* agreed to a declaration committing to collaboration on important issues in order to grow and increase the competitiveness of Canada's tourism sector. As a result of the meeting, the CCTM has identified the following priorities and actions:
During the meeting, ministers heard from representatives of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Destination Canada and the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada. Ministers also discussed the variety of air access challenges across Canada and committed to championing air access concerns.
* The minister from Yukon was unable to attend the meeting and agree to the tourism declaration at this time due to the recent territorial election.
"This past year has been an amazing one for Canadian tourism, with every one of our regions seeing growth. Tourism—from ecotourism to sport to Indigenous tourism—is part of every Canadian community and affects us all. I look forward to continue working with my provincial, territorial and industry partners in advancing tourism priorities that will create jobs and help the middle class grow and prosper."
– The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism
"The approval of the Nunavut Declaration is a significant step forward. Now we will have national collaboration on tourism development. Canada is an amazing place that attracts people from around the world. This declaration will strengthen our competitiveness and increase our tourism products at a time when a greater number of people are visiting our country. I look forward to continuing to work with my counterparts from across Canada."
– The Honourable Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Nunavut's Minister of Economic Development and Transportation
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Government of Nunavut