Government of Canada invests in Saskatchewan innovation, training and economic development initiatives


The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced over $10.6 million in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) for 14 projects.

These investments are part of the Western Diversification Program (WDP) and the Economic Development Initiative (EDI). The WDP is the main program through which WD makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. The EDI supports business and economic development that encourages sustainable growth in Western Canada’s francophone communities.

The projects announced today include:

Organization Project Description Funding

Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise

Funding under EDI to develop and start six social economy businesses in partnership with six Fransaskois community-based associations.


Canadian Association of Research Parks

Funding under WDP to implement clean technology clusters in Western Canadian research and technology parks.


Canadian Light Source

Funding under WDP to develop an innovative prototype generator to produce medical isotopes from a linear particle accelerator.


Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC)

Funding under WDP to purchase and install a computed tomography (CT) scanner to develop clean enhanced oil recovery technologies.


POS Pilot Plant

Funding under WDP to expand services to better assist food, feed, cosmetic and nutraceutical companies to add value to agricultural products using capabilities not available elsewhere in Canada.


Regina Exhibition Association

Funding under WDP to support Canada’s Farm Progress Show, the country’s largest trade show for agricultural equipment.


Saskatchewan Collaborates Inc. (Co.Labs)

Funding under WDP to support the first technology incubator in Saskatchewan, located in Saskatoon.


Saskatchewan Environmental Society

Funding under WDP to develop a smart grid platform to optimize solar power and electric vehicle integration in Saskatoon.


Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Funding under WDP to purchase equipment for two projects: creating a certified testing and prototyping bio-material training facility at its Innovative Manufacturing Centre in Regina, and creating a 3D printing and additive manufacturing facility at its Innovative Manufacturing Centre in Saskatoon.


University of Regina

Funding under WDP to build an innovative plant positron emission topography (BioPET) scanner at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. The device will provide first of its kind plant imaging capability using radioisotopes.


University of Regina

Funding under EDI for La Cité universitaire francophone to purchase French educational resources and audio-visual equipment, as well as transform an outdated language lab into a multifunctional space for a new bilingual option in the university’s nursing program.


University of Saskatchewan Global Institute for Water Security

Funding under WDP to establish a fee-for-service Green Roof Environment and EngiNeering (GREEN) facility that will develop, improve and test innovative cold region green roof technologies.


University of Saskatchewan VIDO-InterVac

Funding under WDP to establish a vaccine manufacturing facility in Saskatoon. The facility will produce animal vaccines for commercial markets and materials for early-stage clinical trial vaccines for humans.





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