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Western Diversification Program – Call for Proposals

The second application intake period for the WDP Call for Proposals is now closed. Information regarding the next intake period will be communicated at a later date.

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is one of the programs through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.

The WDP Call for Proposals (CFP) process is a widely accepted business process whereby interested parties develop project proposals and apply for funding. The WDP Call for Proposals (WDP-CFP) process allows for a comparative analysis of projects against clear criteria; strengthens the department’s responsiveness to economic trends and industry needs; and ensures alignment to Government of Canada plans and priorities.

Information about the WDP-CFP process will be posted prior to the next intake.

Eligible organizations

Funding is provided to not-for-profit organizations such as:

  • Industry associations, economic development organizations, cultural organizations, and societies;
  • Post-secondary institutions;
  • Co-operatives;
  • Hospitals and regional health care centers;
  • First Nations as represented by their Chief and Council, Tribal Councils and Aboriginal-led not-for-profit associations and organizations;
  • Municipal Governments and organizations created by them;
  • Federal Crown Corporations (Treasury Board Secretariat will be consulted prior to any funding decisions for Federal Crown Corporations); and,
  • Provincial Government Departments, agencies and Crown Corporations (although eligible within the WDP Terms and Conditions, WD would require an Order in Council to contract with these organizations. As such, any projects would be considered on an exceptional basis).

For-profit organizations can access funding for innovation projects through WD’s Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative.

If you have further questions concerning WDP-CFP, contact us directly at any of our offices, by email, telephone, fax, or mail.