The Northern Development Ministers Forum was established in 2001 to advance the diverse and common interests of Northerners while raising awareness among decision-makers and the public about the accomplishments, contributions and potential of the North.
- Determine strategic actions, act and provide leadership with regard to these actions in order to promote Northern development.
- Reinforce the North’s position in provincial, territorial and national priorities.
- Reinforce cooperation between northern provincial and territorial authorities and the Government of Canada.
- Exchange information.
- Organize an annual conference as a forum for Northern Development Ministers to establish priorities.
Every year, the Northern Development Ministers establish priority projects to address distinct northern development opportunities and challenges. Priority projects that are underway or have been completed include initiatives dealing with northern awareness, transportation, research, innovation, and recruitment and retention of skilled labour.