The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) was announced in Iqaluit on August 18, 2009 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The current President of the agency is Janet King. appointed in July 2014.
The agency reports to the Minister for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, currently Leona Aglukkaq who also serves as Minister of the Environment and Minister for the Arctic Council. Nicole Jauvin was appointed as the agency's first Deputy Minister and President.
The scope of the agency is limited to the three territories and Budget 2009 provided $10 million a year in operations funding for the agency. The headquarters is in Iqaluit, Nunavut with regional offices in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Whitehorse, Yukon.
In recognition of the complicated regulations in the North, CanNor will also host the Northern Project Management Office (NPMO). The NPMO will streamline regulatory processes and coordinate the work of federal departments involved in natural resource development projects in the three northern territories and in the northern offshore. The headquarters of the NPMO is in Yellowknife.
CanNor is the only federal government agency with headquarters north of the 60th parallel north.