Indigenous Economic Growth Announcement


A skilled and entrepreneurial workforce is critical to drive economic growth in Western Canada. The investments announced today are part of the Western Diversification Program (WDP), the main program through which WD makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.

Today’s announcement is for 45 Indigenous Economic Growth projects across the four Western provinces:

Organization Project Description Location Funding
C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc. Develop and implement an Indigenous pipeline monitoring program Edmonton, AB  $344,000
Norquest College Develop and implement an Indigenous Pipeline Construction Worker Program Edmonton, AB  $75,000
Oteenow Employment and Training Society Deliver an office skills development and testing program to Indigenous people Edmonton, AB  $474,375
Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation Develop an innovative database to manage skills, employment and traditional lands Edmonton, AB  $554,500
Alberta Indian Investment Corporation Increase the capacity of Alberta Indian Investments to generate Indigenous business growth Enoch, AB  $230,950
Beaver First Nation Purchase heavy equipment to expand First Nation business opportunities High Level, AB  $1,106,669
Acden Operations Ltd. Establish Indigenous beekeeping demonstration project Fort McMurray, AB  $219,320
Pimee Well Servicing GP Ltd. Purchase equipment to expand First Nation business opportunities Kehewin, AB  $650,000
Neyaskweyak Group of Companies Inc. Develop a solar park for sustainable energy for the Ermineskin Cree Nation Maskwacis, AB  $700,500
Siksika Resource Developments Ltd. Purchase heavy equipment to expand First Nation business opportunities Siksika, AB $666,022
Wabasca & Region Atoske Action Group Society Deliver pre-healthcare career training to local Indigenous people in the Wabasca Region Wabasca, AB $450,000
Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation Support Indigenous business development in seafood processing sector Bella Bella, BC $855,000
  Support Indigenous business development in mining for the Ktunaxa Nation Cranbrook, BC $315,300
Stó:lo Community Futures Corporation Deliver business training, acceleration, and incubation for Sto:lo Indigenous businesses Chilliwack, BC $142,500
Lower Kootenay Indian Band Develop Yaqan Indigenous Agriculture Business Creston, BC $107,000
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Establish an Aboriginal Centre of Excellence in Sustainability in Merritt, BC Merritt, BC $786,000
Squamish Indian Band Acquire equipment and upgrade the Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre in BC North Vancouver, BC $1,044,385
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Construct transmission system to support Indigenous clean energy infrastructure   $500,000
Emily Carr University of Art and Design Support Indigenous training/business development in virtual/augmented reality technology Vancouver, BC $914,922
Songhees First Nation Establish Songhees Innovation Centre for Indigenous businesses on Vancouver Island Victoria, BC $93,410
University of Victoria Deliver the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) Artists Pilot Program in BC Victoria, BC $567,000
First Nations Technology Council Increase Indigenous access to digital skills training in BC West Vancouver, BC $3,028,155
Dandzen Development Limited Partnership Develop the Tsilhqot'In Solar Farm in Chilcotin, BC Williams Lake, BC $1,000,000
Assiniboine Community College Purchase and equip trailers for trade-related training in Indigenous communities Brandon, MB $150,000
Fisher River Economic Development Corporation Install a solar farm in Fisher River Cree Nation Koostatak, MB $1,100,000
Atoskiwin Training and Employment Centre Expand trades training at Atoskiwin Training and Employment Centre Nelson House, MB $387,615
Manitoba Food Charter Inc. (Food Matters Manitoba) Establish a portable farming system in Norway House, Manitoba Norway House, MB $200,000
Norway House Pharmacy Ltd. Purchase automated pharmaceutical equipment to expand business opportunities Norway House, MB $165,328
Aki Energy Incorporated Install geothermal heating systems in 600 First Nation homes in Manitoba Winnipeg, MB $1,167,200
Broadband Communications North Inc. Establish a centre to support upgrade and expansion of broadband access to First Nations Winnipeg, MB $937,600
Manitoba Construction Sector Council Establish a blast hole drilling training program Winnipeg, MB $1,254,800
Fond du Lac First Nation Development Limited Partnership Enhance Fond-du-Lac aviation and commercial access in Northern Saskatchewan Fond du Lac, SK $84,035
Mitacs Inc. Support Indigenous communities by creating the Northern Saskatchewan Policy Unit Ile-a-la-Crosse, SK $596,348
Keewatin Career Development Corporation Develop the Non-Timber Forest Product industry in Northern Saskatchewan La Ronge, SK $287,400
Flying Dust Market Garden, Ltd. Support expansion of market garden storage and processing facilities Meadow Lake, SK $407,030
Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs Inc. Facilitate Indigenous employment through assessment, training and industry placement North Battleford, SK $250,000
First Alliance Energy Services Strengthen First Nations business capacity in construction and energy service sectors Saskatoon, SK $180,000
Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment Inc. Create an entrepreneurship program to assist Métis clients in Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK $1,161,424
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Develop Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta Indigenous tourism organizations Saskatoon, SK $220,000
Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority Support Wanuskewin Heritage Park expansion through the establishment of exhibit galleries Saskatoon, SK $550,026
Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. Develop and deliver entrepreneurship curriculum for Indigenous women in Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK $303,900
Cowessess First Nation Expand and commercialize a hybrid renewable energy generation system Regina, SK $910,000
First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan Inc. Enhance renewable energy partnerships and build capacity for First Nations Regina, SK $600,000
Pro Metal Industries Ltd. Support Indigenous participation in metal manufacturing sector Regina, SK $1,000,000
Pro Metal Industries Ltd. Advance commercialization of industrial C02e-reducing incineration technology Regina, SK $1,000,000

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