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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP), Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has invested over $439 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 more than 560,000 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, projects in Manitoba received over $37 million.
The following are two examples of CAF projects that are making a difference in Manitoba communities:
A new 10,816 square foot facility is helping Evergreen Basic Needs to support residents by providing much-needed household goods and an Adult Learning Centre
An investment of more than $660,000 from CAF has helped Evergreen Basic Needs, a charitable organization in Gimli, build a 10,816 square foot facility to house programs that support residents in need of assistance. In addition to providing food hampers, clothing and household items, the organization offers referrals to agencies providing other essential services. The new facility will also allow the organization to expand its services to include an Adult Learning Centre, which will help to increase the literacy and employability of residents in the four municipalities and three First Nations communities they serve. Evergreen Basic Needs reports that the project created 61 months of employment, trained 25 people and supported two businesses.
The Westman Entrepreneurial Centre supports young knowledge-based entrepreneurs by offering access the Internet, videoconferencing and telephone service, and use of a boardroom.
Community Futures Westman, a not-for-profit organization that works to strengthen the economy of south western Manitoba, received more than $280,000 in funding from CAF to create a business incubator mall in downtown Brandon. The Westman Entrepreneurial Centre (WEC) helps young knowledge-based companies succeed by providing entrepreneurs with facilities, business services and mentoring. The 4,000 square foot centre includes 12 furnished offices, a boardroom, internet access, videoconferencing and telephone service. Tenants also have access to legal, accounting, engineering, design and marketing assistance. Forecasted to create 30 months of employment, Community Futures Westman reports that the project exceeded its target by 30 per cent. Over the longer term, the Westman Entrepreneurial Centre will continue to create jobs by attracting entrepreneurs to the area.