Backgrounder: Churchill, Manitoba to benefit from new funding to help make food affordable and grow the economy


Government of Canada furthers support to northern Manitoba by announcing nearly $3 million for new initiatives

December 1, 2017 – Churchill, Manitoba – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to the people of Churchill and northern Manitoba and is making new investments of almost $3 million to assist with the cost of food and to generate economic growth.

Churchill and Region Economic Development (CRED) Fund
The $2.7 million increase in funding for the Churchill and Region Economic Development Fund raises support under the program to a total of $7.3 million for economic development and diversification of the local and regional economy.

The following projects pertaining to Churchill have recently been approved under the CRED Fund:

Churchill Northern Studies Centre Improve food security and provide healthy, locally grown, fresh food options to residents. $ 276,350
Remote Area Services Provide freight delivery service on winter ice road from Gillam to Churchill.


Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Host a series of two-day trade missions in northern Manitoba. $ 149,250
Gypsy’s Bakery Assist with incremental business expenses due to rail service disruption. $   25,000
Churchill Home Hardware Assist with incremental business expenses due to rail service disruption. $   25,000
TOTAL $  575,600

Western Economic Diversification Canada works closely with municipal, business and community leaders on medium- and longer-term economic development opportunities. The department has entered into an agreement with Community Futures Manitoba to administer the CRED fund. Community Futures Manitoba has established a community-based management committee to review and approve projects that encourage medium- and long-term sustainable economic development and diversification of the local economies; facilitate economic adjustment; and enable collaboration and partnerships leading to enterprise opportunities in the Churchill and surrounding communities.

For more information on the program and a complete list of approved projects visit Community Futures Manitoba.

Nutrition North Canada (NNC)
On July 7, Churchill was temporarily added to the list of eligible communities for the Nutrition North Canada program in order to support the immediate needs of residents for more affordable access to perishable, nutritious food. The temporary addition complements the Government of Manitoba’s Affordable Food in Remote Manitoba (AFFIRM) food subsidy program.

On November 1, the Nutrition North Canada (NNC) Level 2 subsidy was extended bringing the NNC food subsidy support to local residents between now and next spring to an estimated total of $260,000.

Propane Supply and Storage
The Government of Canada has been and continues to work with the Province of Manitoba regarding securing, shipping and storing propane fuel in Churchill to ensure adequate supply through to next summer. This emergency support measure aims at ensuring the residents of Churchill remain safe and secure and that their homes are heated during the winter months.

The University of Manitoba Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO)
The Churchill Marine Observatory is a unique, highly innovative multi-disciplinary research facility. With support of $1,571,567 through the Western Diversification Program (WDP), the CMO will investigate oil behaviour under realistic, ice-covered sea conditions. Over the five years of the project, it is anticipated that 13 full-time and 20 trainee Highly Qualified Personnel will be hired. 

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Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
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Director, Planning, Policy and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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