Western Economic Diversification Canada

  1. On August 5, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the creation of Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) and Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan). Media who wish to follow the news and happenings of the two new agencies should bookmark the following links.
  2. New Regional Development Agency in British Columbia will better serve the needs of local businesses, innovators and communities.
  3. A new Regional Development Agency for the Prairies will better serve the needs of local businesses, communities and people.
  4. The Government of Canada is investing $20 million in 10 companies in the areas of clean technology, digital economy, health sciences and value-added agriculture through the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program.
  5. Tomorrow, Hon. Mélanie Joly, with Parliamentary Secretary Terry Beech will announce details of the new BC-focused regional development agency to better serve the people of British Columbia.
  6. Tomorrow, Hon. Mélanie Joly, with Hon. Jim Carr and Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid, will announce details of the new Prairies-focused regional development agency to improve economic development in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
  7. Through the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is supporting growth in leading economic sectors. Fostering business development in Alberta paves a path for our future and promises a stronger economic recovery.
  8. Over $4 million in federal funding through Western Economic Diversification Canada will impact the value added manufacturing and digital technology capacity in Manitoba
  9. Regional air transportation is crucial to ensure reliable passenger connectivity, that merchandise circulates, supply chains are maintained, and regional economic growth continues. The pandemic has had major impacts on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting economies, communities, and local businesses.
  10. Small and medium-sized businesses need access to capital, resources and supports to grow and reach new regional, national and international markets. This is why the Government of Canada is investing $5 million to encourage and attract local and global business accelerators to Alberta, which play a critical role in enabling companies to grow and develop at a faster rate.
  11. Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid to announce support for regional airports across the Prairies tomorrow
  12. More than $2.1 million in federal funding will support innovation ecosystems in Saskatchewan
  13. Regional air transportation is crucial to ensure reliable passenger connectivity, that merchandise circulates, supply chains are maintained, and regional economic growth continues. The pandemic has had major impacts on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting economies, communities, and local businesses.
  14. Parliamentary Secretary Terry Beech to announce support for regional airports in BC tomorrow.
  15. WD is supporting the launch of a virtual learning platform to match Indigenous workers with employment opportunities in British Columbia's forestry sector. This funding will support inclsuive growth opportunites in B.C.'s Indigenous communities.
  16. British Columbia has a considerable local competitive advantage in the quantum ecosystem, and is well positioned to become a world leader in the field. This technology will have significant impacts across many sectors including manufacturing, natural resources, finance, engineering, healthcare, defense, transport, telecommunications and life sciences.
  17. Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North – Seymour and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (B.C.), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages will provide details on funding to support the development of British Columbia as a world leader in quantum technology.
  18. The life sciences sector has faced substantial equipment and training costs, which restrict companies from responding nimbly to challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunities to improve the health of western Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is investing in increased access to critical infrastructure and training in the biomedical and life sciences sectors.
  19. $3.7 million of funding through Western Economic Diversification Canada to support innovation at the University of Manitoba.
  20. Stay tuned for an announcement from Parliamentary Secretary, Terry Duguid on supporting innovation in Manitoba.
  21. Coal workers and their families must be front and centre in Canada’s transition towards a cleaner energy economy. That is why today, Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid announced more than $17 million to complete critical infrastructure that will create good middle-class jobs and boost investment in the Leduc-Nisku Region.
  22. Leduc-Nisku Region to benefit from major infrastructure investment by the Government of Canada