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

Backgrounder

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

 

$99,999

 

Anderseed Farms Ltd.

 

Enhance tourism infrastructure and culinary experience in Sturgeon County

 

Sturgeon County, AB

 

$99,912

 

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

 

$200,000

 

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

 

$200,000

 

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

 

$20,000

 

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

 

Deliver LGBTQ2 market-readiness workshops to western Canadian businesses

 

Ottawa, ON

 

Up to
$500,000

 

Centre Communautaire d'Edmonton

 

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

 

Edmonton, AB

 

$130,000

 

Community Futures Wild Rose

 

Create agri-tourism experiences in Southern Alberta

 

Strathmore, AB

 

$99,575

 

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
$335,000

 

Eau Claire Distillery Ltd.

 

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

 

Turner Valley, AB

 

$99,999

 

Edmonton Regional Airports Authority

 

Deliver International Tourist Attraction and Indigenous Connections Program

 

Edmonton, AB

 

$400,000

 

Fairy Tales Presentation Society

 

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

 

Calgary, AB

 

$75,000

 

Farmery Estate Brewing Company Inc.

 

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

 

Neepawa, MB

 

Up to
$99,999

 

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

 

$100,000

 

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

 

$750,000

 

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

 

$20,000

 

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

 

$250,000

 

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

 

$95,000

 

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

 

$99,999

 

Old Red Barn Ltd.

 

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

 

Leduc County, AB

 

$97,500

 

Painted Warriors Ltd.

 

Expand the Painted Warriors Ranch facility to enhance visitor experience

 

Cremona, AB

 

$60,000

 

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

 

$95,000

 

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

 

$100,000

 

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

 

$300,000

 

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

 

$100,000

 

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

 

$250,000

 

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

 

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

 

Saskatoon

 

$150,000

 

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada

 

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

 

Western Canada

 

$625,000

 

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

 

$90,000

 

Tourism Saskatchewan

 

Expand and develop United States market for the Saskatchewan outfitting industry

 

Regina, SK

 

$150,000

 

Town of Churchill

 

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

 

Churchill, MB

 

Up to
$500,000

 

Town of Neepawa

 

Develop the Neepawa Area Multi-Use Trail Park

 

Neepawa, MB

 

$150,000

 

Travel Penticton Society

 

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

 

Penticton, BC

 

$112,500

 

University of Saskatchewan/ Saskatoon Food Council

 

Promote the local food trail

 

Saskatoon, SK

 

$60,000

 

Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society

 

Support inclusiveness initiatives at the Celebration of Light fireworks festival

 

Vancouver, BC

 

$185,000

 

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

 

$24,000

 

White Rock Multicultural Society of BC

 

Support multicultural festival with strong Indigenous participation

 

White Rock, BC

 

Up to $15,000

 

TOTAL FUNDING

Up to
$11,685,255

 

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