Premier Brian Pallister and Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen today announced the next phase of the Manitoba government’s Look North Strategy, a long-term vision for sustainable economic and business development and growth for the province’s north.
The strategy encourages those from outside northern Manitoba to consider investing in the incredible, untapped potential of the region, the premier said. It includes a website – www.looknorthmb.ca – with information on building a business in northern Manitoba, encourages Manitobans to share their vision and love for the north via social media using the hashtag #looknorthmb or by submitting short videos, photos or in writing.
“Manitoba’s north is a region ripe with opportunities, particularly in areas such as the sustainable development of natural resources and the expansion of tourism,” said Cullen. “Look North is an ongoing and in-depth process that will continue to engage Manitobans as we create the environment necessary for the attraction of new businesses and the expansion of existing expertise.” That process includes the northern economic development task force, co-chaired by Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President and CEO Chuck Davidson.
A simultaneous launch took place in Thompson, where Kelly Bindle, legislative assistant, Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, was joined by Davidson and his co-chair Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, who are previewing the strategy during meetings with northern communities and business leaders.
Northern Manitoba is a region with the potential to contribute in previously unimagined ways to our province’s economy. Look North will engage all Manitobans in a consultative process that will encourage the creativity and vision necessary if we are to unleash the true potential of our province’s north.
To learn more about Look North and the task force, please click on the image below.