Funding supports economic development initiatives in Churchill and along the Hudson Bay Rail Line
September 30, 2016 – Churchill, Manitoba – Western Economic Diversification Canada
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), 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.
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 surrounding region.
The establishment of the fund and development of projects is a positive step towards diversifying and sustaining the economy in Churchill and northern Manitoba.
- 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.
“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.
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development