Investments to create jobs, boost tourism, and help entrepreneurs across Western Canada


September 9, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Government of Canada funding announced today is provided through the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF) and supports Minister Joly’s recent announcement of the new tourism strategy: Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The Strategy, which was developed based on feedback from Canadians and the work of the Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy, highlights the importance of Canada’s tourism sector as an economic driver for communities across the country. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) delivers CEF in Western Canada.

The projects announced today include:

  • Recipient
Project Description Location Funding
Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC


Create business development and online tools to scale up Indigenous tourism businesses


West Vancouver, BC


Up to $150,000


Alberta's Food Incubation Hub Ltd.


Develop facility to showcase local farm-to-table products, chefs, and businesses


Edmonton, AB




Anderseed Farms Ltd.


Enhance tourism infrastructure and culinary experience in Sturgeon County


Sturgeon County, AB




Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada, A Fellowship of Aboriginal People


Support tourism development for the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada


Grande Cache, AB


Up to $310,000


Assiniboine Park Conservancy Inc.


Support the creation of the Zoo Lights Festival at Assiniboine Park


Winnipeg, MB


Up to $380,000


Barkerville Heritage Trust


Expand Barkerville Historic Town & Park's infrastructure and interpretive programming


Barkerville, BC


Up to $264,968


Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs Inc. 


Develop Indigenous tourism cultural experiences in the Battleford area


North Battleford, SK




Beausejour Brokenhead Development Corp


Implement the Beausejour Brokenhead Tourism Strategy


Beausejour, MB


Up to $60,000


Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Ltd.


Revitalize Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park


Siksika, AB


Up to $250,000


Boston Bar First Nation


Develop the Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village attraction


Boston Bar, BC


Up to $158,000


British Columbia Craft Brewers Guild


Expand and promote the BC Ale Trail to attract domestic and international visitors


North Vancouver, BC


Up to $160,000


British Columbia Wine Institute Society


Develop a wine & food tourism chef exchange program


Kelowna, BC


Up to $250,000


Canadian Badlands Passion Play Society


Construct an event centre and renovate a commercial kitchen at the Badlands Amphitheatre


Drumheller, AB




Canadian Chili and BBQ Society


Expand the Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ


Langley, BC


Up to $30,000


Canadian Rockies Gay Rodeo Association


Produce Canadian Rockies Rodeo North 2019 in Calgary, Alberta


Calgary, AB




Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council


Deliver LGBTQ2 market-readiness workshops to western Canadian businesses


Ottawa, ON


Up to


Centre Communautaire d'Edmonton


Expand the Flying Canoe Volant Festival by adding a race and skills competitions


Edmonton, AB




Community Futures Wild Rose


Create agri-tourism experiences in Southern Alberta


Strathmore, AB




Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta


Develop francophone and Indigenous tourism experiences in northern Alberta


Bonnyville, AB


Up to $131,250


Dauphin Derailleurs Cycle Club Inc.


Expand the multi-use bicycle trails in the Riding Mountain National Park area


Dauphin, MB


Up to


Eau Claire Distillery Ltd.


Create unique farm-to-glass tourism experiences in rural Alberta


Turner Valley, AB




Edmonton Regional Airports Authority


Deliver International Tourist Attraction and Indigenous Connections Program


Edmonton, AB




Fairy Tales Presentation Society


Develop and implement a marketing strategy for the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival


Calgary, AB




Farmery Estate Brewing Company Inc.


Enhance the farm-to-table tourism experience at Farmery Estate Brewery


Neepawa, MB


Up to


Fort Nelson Events Society


Develop winter tourism industry in Fort Nelson, BC


Fort Nelson, BC


Up to $200,000


Friends of the Broadway Inc.


To expand and diversify Winterruption, an arts and culture festival held in Saskatoon


Saskatoon, SK




Greater Victoria Visitors and Convention Bureau


Develop four-season culinary and agri-tourism trail on the Saanich Peninsula


Victoria, BC


Up to $219,967


Huu-ay-aht First Nation


Expand and scale up the Pachena Bay Campground


Port Alberni, BC


Up to $244,000


Indigenous Tourism Association Canada


Develop Indigenous Tourism capacity in Western Canada


Vancouver, BC




Jack Millikin Centre Inc.


Support facility heating  water, and septic system upgrades to the Jack Millikin Centre 


Big River, SK


Up to $100,000


Jasper Pride Festival Society


Produce the 2020 Jasper pride festival


Jasper, AB




Kelowna Pride Society


Create OUT in the Valley culinary event to promote LGBT2Q+ tourism in the Kelowna area


Kelowna, BC


Up to $100,000


La Société de Développement Économique de la Colombie-Britannique


Develop four bilingual tourist experiences the Kooteney region


Vancouver, BC


Up to $205,500


Meewasin Valley Authority


Develop authentic Indigenous tourism experiences through on-line interpretive panels


Saskatoon, SK




Métis Nation of Alberta Association


Design and deliver a culinary experience at Métis Crossing


Smokey Lake, AB


Up to $500,000


MLTC Program Services Inc.


Develop Indigenous tourism in the Meadow Lake Tribal Council region


Meadow Lake, SK


Up to $225,289


Moose Jaw Pride Inc. 


Develop a communications and marketing plan specifically for LGBTQ2+ visitors to Moose Jaw.


Moose Jaw, SK




New Westminster Tourism and Convention Development Association


Scale up the Feast on the Fraser to attract domestic and international tourists


New Westminster, BC


Up to $100,000


North Campervans Inc.


Expand campervan fleet, marketing and customer service program


Rocky View County, AB




Old Red Barn Ltd.


Expand rural agri-tourism at the Old Red Barn to include shoulder season events


Leduc County, AB




Painted Warriors Ltd.


Expand the Painted Warriors Ranch facility to enhance visitor experience


Cremona, AB




Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc.


Support Peak Pride events at Big White Resort, Sun Peaks Resort, Silver Star Mountain and Red Mountain Resort


Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Rossland, BC


Up to $93,800


Regina Folk Festival Inc.


Enhance and grow the Regina Winterruption Festival


Regina, SK




Saskatoon Diversity Network


Hire a new staff person to oversee all research, collaboration and development of a new suite of LGBTQ2+ and Indigenous two spirit focused tourism products and procure professional services as appropriate, to help facilitate these efforts.


Saskatoon, SK




Saskatoon Fireworks Festival Inc.


Develop and execute a new international lighting festival in Saskatoon


Saskatoon, SK


Up to $100,000


Saskatoon Visitor and Convention Bureau Inc.


Establish the Saskatoon Experience Development Investment Program. The objective is to increase the number of visits by independent tourists and trips organized by international tour operators.


Saskatoon, SK




Sea Wolf Adventures BC Inc


Purchase a new vessel and conduct marketing activities to promote Indigenous tourism activities


Port McNeil, BC


Up to $99,000


Silver Skate Festival


Add culinary programming to the Silver Skate Festival


Edmonton, AB




Southern Gulf Islands Tourism Partnership Society


Improve the Southern Gulf Islands' event coordination and transportation infrastructure


Salt Spring Island, BC


Up to $120,000


Spearhead Huts Society


Promote adventure tourism by completing the interior of the Kees and Claire backcountry hut in the Spearhead range


Whistler, BC


Up to $200,000


Talon Point Camp Ltd


Develop and complete the interior of Talon Point Camp in Burns Lake BC


Burns Lake, BC


Up to $44,998


The Banff/Lake Louise Tourism Bureau


Support expansion of a winter festival in Banff, Alberta


Banff, AB




The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences


Promote the local culinary scene via the Juno Gala Celebrity Chef farm-to-table experience






The Tourism Industry Association of Canada


Deliver training to grow culinary, shoulder-winter season, and rural and remote tourism


Western Canada




The Vancouver Out on Screen Film and Video Society


Scale up marketing for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival


Vancouver, BC


Up to $100,000


Tourism Saskatchewan


Implement import and market readiness activities in Saskatchewan


Regina, SK




Tourism Saskatchewan


Expand and develop United States market for the Saskatchewan outfitting industry


Regina, SK




Town of Churchill


Support the growth and coordination of the tourism industry in Churchill, MB


Churchill, MB


Up to


Town of Neepawa


Develop the Neepawa Area Multi-Use Trail Park


Neepawa, MB




Travel Penticton Society


Develop culinary tourism trails and support accessible farm-to-table tourism in the Penticton, Naramata, and Okanagan Falls areas


Penticton, BC




University of Saskatchewan/ Saskatoon Food Council


Promote the local food trail


Saskatoon, SK




Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society


Support inclusiveness initiatives at the Celebration of Light fireworks festival


Vancouver, BC




Vernon Winter Carnival Society


Expand the Vernon Winter Carnival in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons


Vernon, BC


Up to $150,000


Waskesiu Recreation Association Inc.


Expand Waskesiu Lake Music Festival to showcase Indigenous programming


Waskesiu Lake, SK




White Rock Multicultural Society of BC


Support multicultural festival with strong Indigenous participation


White Rock, BC


Up to $15,000



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