Minister Vandal announces federal support for businesses and organizations in rural Manitoba

Backgrounder

Over $11.7 million for rural Manitoba businesses and organizations to support economic growth, development of community spaces, and tourism initiatives

The Government of Canada is providing over $11.7 million to support 24 projects across rural Manitoba.

PrairiesCan is investing over $2.7 million in one project through the Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF), more than $6.1 million in two (2) projects through the Business Scale-Up and Productivity Fund, over $1.9 million in sixteen (16) projects through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), and $927,758 in five (5) projects through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF).

The combined $11,796,593 investment in Manitoba’s rural economies will support the expansion of manufacturing capacity, the development of advanced digital agriculture tools, the revitalization of community spaces, and supporting tourism initiatives as the industry continues its economic recovery.

Jobs and Growth Fund

JGF provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. The Fund, delivered by Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over three years. Today, one JGF project funded through PrairiesCan was announced:

  • Agi3 LTD. ($2,766,000)
    Commercialize an AI-driven crop insurance platform in Oak Bluff, Manitoba.      

Business Scale-Up and Productivity Program

Through the BSP program, the Government of Canada is supporting high-growth businesses that are seeking to improve productivity, scale-up and commercialize technology. It offers interest-free, repayable funding to incorporated businesses. The BSP program supports incorporated high-growth businesses that have been operating in the Prairie Provinces for a minimum of 2 years. Two Manitoba BSP recipients receiving funding through PrairiesCan were announced today:

  • Elmer’s Welding and Manufacturing Ltd. ($3,339,000)
    Expand manufacturing capacity and operating efficiency by investing in advanced manufacturing technology, process optimization, personnel and training in Altona, Manitoba.
  • Manitoba LTD. (Spenst Brothers Premium Meats o/a Spenst Bros.) ($2,850,000)
    Expand meat processing and frozen pizza production capacity in Winkler.

Tourism Relief Fund

Launched in July 2021, the TRF helps organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations due to the pandemic, and offer new or enhanced products and services to help the sector attract more domestic and international visitors and prepare for future growth. Today, five Manitoba TRF projects funded through PrairiesCan were announced:

  • Eagle Nest Lodge Inc. ($99,999)
    Introduce fly-in/out corporate packages at a remote lodge in the Whiteshell region.
  • Eastern Manitoba Tourism Association Inc. ($58,500)
    Develop a digital travel guide on an app in order to provide an information resource for visitors to the Eastman region.      
  • The Town of Churchill ($269,260)
    Support downtown enhancement and new signature events in Churchill.   
  • Twenty-One Ventures Inc. ($99,999)
    Install a floating inflatable waterpark in Pinawa.
  • Communities Economic Development Fund ($400,000)
    Help local entrepreneurs launch new tourism businesses and help existing tourism operators grow their operations.

Canada Community Revitalization Fund

As part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the CCRF helps communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure projects. With a national investment of $500 million over 2 years, the Fund’s purpose is to help not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, and other community groups, as well as Indigenous communities build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing ones , continue to bring people back to public spaces, create jobs, and stimulate local economies. Today, 16 Manitoba CCRF recipients receiving funding through PrairiesCan were announced:

  • Centennial Community Club Inc. ($17,217)
    Improve accessibility at BDO Centre (commonly known as the Portage Centennial Arena) for the community in Portage la Prairie.
  • Fort la Reine Museum, Pioneer Village & Tourist Bureau Inc. ($25,000)
    Restore bastions at Fort la Reine Museum in Portage la Prairie.
  • The Sperling Community Centre District ($8,000)
    Restore the Sperling Park basketball court by installing a new concrete pad.
  • The Westside Community Church, Mennonite Brethren ($40,000)
    Establish a community resource centre in downtown Morden.
  • Manitoba Agricultural Museum Inc. ($16,606)
    Renovate the Pioneer Centre in Austin.
  • Manitoba Association Inc. o/a Main Street Revitalization ($28,525)
    Revitalize Main Street in Russell.
  • Arborg & District Multi-cultural Heritage Village Inc. ($51,000)
    Construct an outdoor stage at the riverbank in Arborg.
  • Corporation du Site Historique Enfant-Jésus Heritage Site District ($51,783)
    Renovate the exterior space of the Dawson Trail Museum in Richer.
  • Rural Municipality of Headingley ($500,000)
    Revitalize outdoor recreation at Phoenix Community Centre in Headingley.
  • Rural Municipality of Montcalm ($125,874)
    Revitalize the downtown area in St. Jean Baptiste.
  • Rural Municipality of Ritchot ($449,175)
    Create a marketplace on Main Street in St. Adolphe.
  • Rural Municipality of St. Clements ($188,063)
    Build outdoor covered gathering areas and plant trees in Narol.
  • Rural Municipality of West St. Paul ($137,250)
    Create a playground and walking trail in West St. Paul.
  • Stony Mountain Community Association Inc. ($27,849)
    Revitalize Centennial Park in Stony Mountain.
  • Stony Mountain Community Centre Inc. ($222,000)
    Renovate the Community Centre in Stony Mountain.
  • Rapid City Museum Inc. ($25,493)
    Build a memorial garden at the Rapid City Museum in Rapid City.

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Contacts

Kyle Allen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Kyle.Allen@rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca

Amanda Houssin
A/Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Prairies Economic Development Canada
Amanda.Houssin@prairiescan.gc.ca

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