Northern Lights 2020

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The North West Company took part in Canada’s #1 Arctic & North conference and trade show – a four-day event that promises new ventures in the future for Northern Canada.

More people than ever before gathered in Ottawa, ON for this year’s Northern Lights Showcase, exploring important topics including food insecurity, reconciliation, resource development, renewable energy, and international opportunities.

The 2020 showcase was held Feb. 5-8, allowing people come together to discover and discuss issues affecting the North, from economic and business development to arts and cultural exposition.

At the biannual business and cultural showcase, delegates can learn more about the business opportunities in Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut, Labrador – allowing representatives to explore new ideas and leverage opportunities. The 2020 edition attracted more than 1400 participants, making it the biggest Northern Lights ever.

The North West Company participated in a panel discussion on Northern food security. North West highlighted that basic income programs, including for those on Income Assistance should be significantly increased to reflect the higher cost of living in remote regions, and that Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments should develop a cost of living index to ensure equity across regions. While Nutrition North Canada has resulted in lower retail prices for consumers, a broader income security strategy is needed in order to address this important issue.

The North West Company thanks the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to present.