Caroline Cochrane: Launch of Online Funding Portal

Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Yellowknife — February 27, 2023

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Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce today, the launch of a new funding portal on the Government of the Northwest Territories, or GNWT, website that will make it easier for Northwest Territories, or NWT, residents, businesses, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, and others to find information and access funding opportunities offered by the Government of the Northwest Territories. This initiative also advances our government’s commitment to Open Government, by making government information accessible in a way that is responsive to the needs and expectations of NWT residents.

Government’s job is to help improve the lives of the people we serve. We must not only accomplish our broader mandate objectives, but also make smaller meaningful improvements along the way. These actions are the building blocks to accomplishing our broader priorities, and this funding portal represents one of these smaller but significant achievements.

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories provides over 120 unique funding programs to residents, delivered by nine departments and agencies across the government.

It is understandable that sometimes residents have difficulty finding these programs as the information, while provided online, is located on various government websites. This comprehensive new funding portal brings all these programs together in one online location. Residents can filter through based on who they are and what kind of funding they are looking for. The launch of this portal provides citizens with a clear and simple path to accessing the monetary support they need.

Mr. Speaker, whether you are a small business owner looking to grow, a non-profit organization seeking support, or an individual who needs financial assistance, this new feature on our main GNWT website allows you to find the resources and supports you need to succeed.

It also represents equitable access to government funding, Mr. Speaker. Some residents of the Northwest Territories are less familiar with today’s online world, and many struggle to navigate websites to find what they need. This small improvement means that more residents, regardless of their comfort level with technology, can more easily understand and access the funding and support available to them.

The launch of this portal is a direct response to what I have heard from residents, businesses, and non-government organizations across the territory. It demonstrates our commitment to empowering residents and providing the resources they need to thrive.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.