Our actions
24 Jan 2012

Promoting the Plan Nord

Minister Clément Gignac.

Clément Gignac, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, is leading a mission to Scandinavia until January 29. The mission is an opportunity for dialogue on northern development and resource management practices and a chance to present Québec’s Plan Nord (Northern Plan) to Norwegian and Swedish business people.

The mission got under way in Tromsø, Norway, with a presentation called “Development in Québec: The plan for empowering the North,” delivered during the Arctic Frontiers 2012 conference. Held under the theme “Energies of the High North,” Arctic Frontiers 2012 is aimed at promoting dialogue between governmental, academic and business stakeholders, creating partnerships and contributing to discussions on the preparation of concerted Arctic development strategies. Minister Gignac’s mission to Scandinavia also includes stops in Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm and Kiruna, Sweden.

Meetings with representatives of the Norwegian and Swedish governments, businesspeople and academics will be held over the coming days.

They will focus on topics such as the following:

  • management of natural resources, royalties and public finance,

  • industrial and energy development policy in the Far North,

  • economic and regional development,

  • relations with Aboriginal peoples

According to Minister Gignac, “It’s always interesting to learn more about economic, energy, social and environmental development in the North. Norway and Sweden have a lot in common with Québec, in terms of both strengths and issues. With a doubt, the knowledge gleaned during this mission can be taken into account in implementation of the Plan Nord.”

Plan Nord

Unveiled in May 2011, the Plan Nord is one of the largest sustainable development projects of our time. To be deployed over a 25-year period, it will generate over $80 billion in public and private investments.

Plan Nord
Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune
Québec government office in London
Our actions