Northwest Territories Offers Polar Bear Outfitters Financial Support

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A new assistance program for polar bear outfitters is providing additional help to the sector to promote and develop alternative hunting and tourism products. The Polar Bear Outfitter Assistance Program is designed to aid polar bear outfitters who have been impacted by the U.S. ban on the importation of polar bear hides.

"The polar bear outfitting sector has been adversely affected by management decisions it has had no control over," says Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Bob McLeod. "As a government we recognize the value and importance of this sector to the NWT tourism industry. We will continue to help individual operators and the industry to preserve, protect and adjust their operations so they can be successful in the future."

The funds from the program will enable polar bear outfitters to develop business plans to diversify into alternative hunting or tourism products, upgrade and expand their websites, develop new advertising products and attend key trade shows.

A total of $150,000 is available under the program for 2009/10.

A similar program – the Caribou Outfitter Marketing Program – was launched in December to assist Barren Ground Caribou outfitters in the territory.

For more information on the program, contact:

Darren Campbell
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
(867) 920-8696