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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP), Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has invested over $400 million towards more than 1,000 projects across the West. These projects are contributing to Canada’s economic recovery and creating jobs. Since July 2009, the EAP has helped to create close to 400,000 jobs across Canada.
Through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) initiative, WD has provided over $290 million in funds to help communities reduce the short-term impacts of the economic downturn. Of these funds, British Columbia received over $118 million, Manitoba received over $39 million, Alberta received over $96 million and Saskatchewan received over $35 million.
The following are just four examples of CAF projects that are making a difference in Western communities:
Alberta: Recycling Centre
The Newell Recycling Association has constructed a recycling centre in Alberta using a WD contribution of $700,000. This new centre will greatly improve how the not-for-profit association manages and disposes of recyclables. With the additional space, workers will be able to sort high-quality raw materials and receive a premium price for recyclables. The expanded recycling program will help Brooks and the surrounding communities divert usable waste away from area landfills.
Manitoba: Vocational Facility
Using $297,000 in CAF funds, the Northern Manitoba Sector Council developed a Mineral Science Industrial Vocational Facility in Thompson, Manitoba. The project was designed to promote careers in mineral processing for youth and young adults in the region. The initial target of 20 students was exceeded with 30 students being trained to pursue opportunities in the mining industry. This vocational facility also offers university accredited courses, enabling students to continue their academic studies and further their overall skill set.
Saskatchewan: Daycare Facilities
Thanks to a $325,000 CAF contribution, Family Futures was able to renovate daycare facilities and office space in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, expanding their capacity and creating room for more jobs. Improvements to the building included new insulation, windows and a furnace as well as roof repairs. Offices and storage rooms were removed to allow for an open-concept workplace. Family Futures reports that 10 new Early Childhood Educator positions were created and a total of 25 people are employed at the new centre.
British Columbia: Hydroelectric Facility
CAF provided the Canoe Creek Hydro Company with $2.5 million repayable contribution to construct key elements of a run-of-the-river “green” hydroelectric facility in British Columbia. Workers hired for this project were from the local community and included construction contractors, forest industry workers and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (TFN) community members. The proponent reports that two of the TFN personnel will now be trained for long-term positions as operators of the new hydropower facility. The Canoe Creek Hydro Company is 75% owned by the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and the project is located on their traditional territory.