Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

September 30, 2016 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Announces $4.6 M Fund for Churchill and Region

Funding supports economic development initiatives in Churchill and along the Hudson Bay Rail Line

CHURCHILL, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Sept. 30, 2016) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced the federal government will invest $4.6 million for an economic development fund to support projects that grow sustainable revenue in the region of Churchill, Manitoba.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will oversee the fund and will work with the Province of Manitoba and the community to explore potential projects that would bring good paying long term jobs for the middle class families of the concerned communities. This fund will support the creation of new opportunities in local strengths such as tourism, Arctic research, and regional service delivery. The fund will be open to the town of Churchill and communities along the Hudson Bay Rail Line.

The establishment of the fund and development of projects is a positive step towards diversifying and sustaining the economy in Churchill and northern Manitoba.

Quick Facts

  • The fund will support economic development projects that will grow employment and build more sustainable revenues for the region.
  • Churchill is known as a popular destination for viewing polar bears, beluga whales, and other wild life, right from the town.
  • Thousands of tourists visit Churchill each year.

Quote

"Northern Manitoba is a unique part of our country, with its diverse peoples, history, and economy. Our government is committed to the long term prosperity of Canada's North. Through this fund, I'm excited to see the innovative projects that people in this region bring forward to create quality jobs and sustainability in the region."

-The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.

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BACKGROUNDER

Churchill and Region Economic Development Fund

The Government of Canada has implemented a $4.6 million economic development fund to assist the residents of Churchill, Manitoba, and communities along the Hudson Bay Rail Line, recently affected by the suspension of grain operations through the Port of Churchill.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will oversee the fund and will work with the Province of Manitoba and the community to explore potential projects that would bring good paying long term jobs for the middle class families of the concerned communities. This fund will support the creation of new opportunities in local strengths such as tourism, Arctic research, and regional service delivery. The fund will be open to the town of Churchill and communities along the Hudson Bay Rail Line.

The announcement of the fund is a further commitment by the Government of Canada to residents in northern Communities that their concerns, issues and economic sustainability are an ongoing priority.

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Contact Information

  • Carmen Kardoes
    Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    204-298-9881
    carmen.kardoes@canada.ca

    Philip Proulx, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and
    Economic Development
    Ottawa, Ontario
    343-291-2500
    Philip.proulx@canada.ca