Norstrat – Complete Guide 2023(Updated Info)

Are you curious about the future of economic development in Canada’s North? Look no further than Norstrat, the innovative initiative building on the Northern Strategy 2023.

The North is a region of vast potential and untapped opportunities. With its abundant resources, unique cultural heritage, and strategic location, it is no wonder that many are eyeing it as the next frontier for growth and development.

This is why the Northern Strategy 2023 was created – to foster sustainable economic growth in Northern Canada while preserving its rich natural environment.

In this blog post, we will take a closer look at Norstrat – an initiative aimed at building on the Northern Strategy 2023 and unlocking the full potential of this region. Join us as we explore how Norstrat can help drive innovation, create jobs, and transform communities in Canada’s North! 

With a focus on sustainable growth and Indigenous-led partnerships, Norstrat is poised to transform Northern communities and unlock untapped potential. Join us as we explore this exciting project and its potential impact on Canada’s economy and culture.

What is the Northern Strategy?

The Northern Strategy is a long-term plan for the development of Canada’s north. It was first launched in 2004 and has since been renewed and updated several times. The strategy focuses on four key areas:

– Strengthening Canada’s sovereignty in the north
– Promoting economic and social development
– Protecting the environment
– Engaging northerners in the decision-making process

The Northern Strategy is based on the premise that a strong and prosperous north is essential to the future of Canada. The strategy seeks to build on the many strengths of the north, including its vast natural resources, its unique cultures and its potential for scientific discovery. The goal is to create new opportunities for northerners while also ensuring that they are able to benefit from the economic growth that results.

The Northern Strategy is overseen by three federal departments: Indigenous Affairs, Natural Resources, and Environment Canada. These departments work together with provincial and territorial governments, as well as with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations, to implement the strategy.

What is Norstrat?

Norstrat is a partnership program between the provincial government of Ontario and the Government of Canada that invests in economic development in Northern Ontario. The goal of Norstrat is to create jobs and grow the economy in the north by supporting existing businesses and attracting new investment.

The partnership was launched in 2016 with an initial investment of $1.2 billion. This investment has helped to create or maintain over 26,000 jobs in Northern Ontario. It has also supported the construction of new infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, and the expansion of existing infrastructure, such as hospitals and schools.

Norstrat has helped to attract new investment to Northern Ontario, including from major companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. These companies have invested billions of dollars in data centres that are now operational in Northern Ontario. This investment has created thousands of jobs and will help to grow the economy for years to come.

The Norstrat partnership is committed to continuing to invest in Northern Ontario’s economy. The goal is to create even more jobs and support even more businesses in the region.

Norstrat’s goals for the next five years

Norstrat has set a number of goals for the next five years as it looks to build on the success of the Northern Strategy. These include:

-Continuing to grow the economy of the North, with a focus on creating jobs and supporting businesses

-Improving transport links across the North, including investment in HS2

-Ensuring that everyone in the North has access to high quality education and training opportunities

-Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, and making our communities safer places to live and work

-Working with partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to deliver these objectives

How will Norstrat achieve its goals?

Norstrat has set out ambitious goals to build on the Northern Strategy and become a world leader in the development of renewable energy resources. To achieve these goals, Norstrat will need to:

1. Increase its investment in renewable energy research and development (R&D).
2. Expand its renewable energy project portfolio.
3. Enhance its project delivery capabilities.
4. Strengthen its relationships with key stakeholders, including government, industry, academia, and Indigenous communities.
5. Increase its engagement with Northerners to ensure they are aware of and benefit from Norstrat’s initiatives.

1. Increasing Investment in Renewable Energy R&D
Norstrat recognizes that R&D is critical to developing new technologies and approaches that can make a difference in the fight against climate change. That’s why Norstrat has committed to increase its investment in renewable energy R&D from $15 million per year to $50 million per year by 2025. This increase will allow Norstrat to expand its current R&D programs and initiate new ones that will help it meet its goal of becoming a world leader in the development of renewable energy resources.
2. Expanding the Renewable Energy Project Portfolio
In order for Norstrat to meet its goal of supplying 20% of Canada’s electricity needs with renewables by 2030, it will need to significantly expand its portfolio of renewable energy projects. Norstrat


The Northern Strategy 2023 is an ambitious plan to grow the economy in Northern Canada. With the Norstrat initiative, government and private sector partners are taking steps towards a brighter future for all of us.

Through investments in infrastructure, technology, education and training opportunities for youth, increased access to healthcare services, and improved housing availability we can work together to ensure that everyone has the chance to succeed.

By building on our strengths as Canadians and leveraging resources available through collaborative partnerships we have the power to make meaningful progress in creating communities where everyone feels welcome, secure and valued.


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