CEDF and Partners look to advance Interactive Digital Media Industry in Northern Manitoba.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the digital space has seen a massive shift in working culture to working remotely. This change has created new opportunities where jobs in the area of Interactive Digital Media (IDM) that were primarily available only to residents of large urban centers, are now available to a much wider pool of candidates…

New Experiential Tourism Operator “Pickled Loon Kitchen” hosts dinner for Northern Tourism Advisory Committee

Lyn Brown, Owner/Operator of Pickled Loon Kitchen (PLK) is a new experiential tourism operator and culinary artist whose business offers experiential tourism adventures in and around Flin Flon, MB. She offers immersive adventures, culinary education, catering and foraged food products using plants, roots and trees harvested locally from the boreal forest. Lyn received support from…

Sub Zero North present’s “Ready, Set, Test” Conference

CEDF is one of many partner organizations that is assisting in the rejuvenation of the Winter and All Weather Testing Industry in Thompson and throughout the North.  We are please to share that Sub Zero North is hosting their first ever Cold Weather Testing Conference with a special feature on alternative fuels in conjunction with…

September 8, 2022 Industry News

World Trade Centre Winnipeg’s Trade Accelerator Program Fall Workshop

CEDF collaborates with a large network in advancing economic development and one of the organizations that we work in partnership with is “The World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTC)”. WTC delivers the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) within Manitoba which is an innovative and dynamic program aimed at helping Manitoba’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) overcome…

CEDF Interviews Recent Graduate of Computers 4 Schools Thompson

Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) in collaboration with the Northern Manitoba Sector Council were pleased to provide assistance for the Computers 4 Schools (C4S) Manitoba program in expanding its operations to Northern Manitoba and opening a location in Thompson, MB in October 2021.  One of the components of the Computers 4 Schools program is the…

CEDF CEO tours Northern Manitoba with Senior Director of Project Development of Canada Infrastructure Bank

  CEDF was pleased to host Jodie Parmar, Senior Director of Project Development with the Canada Infrastructure Bank.  Jodie first arrived in Thompson August 24th where Chris Thevenot, CEO for CEDF toured him around and attended some meetings.  The next two days saw the them traveling to both Flin Flon and The Pas/OCN where various…

CEDF reaches out to the Northern Business Community with Survey on impacts of Minimum Wage Increase as announced by Province

The Province of Manitoba has requested CEDF reach out to the business community across Northern Manitoba to get the business communities feedback on the following questions.  Please note, no personal business information is requested nor required.  If you have a few minutes to please complete the short four question survey and return by Friday, September…

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES NEW $100-MILLION ARTS, CULTURE AND SPORT IN COMMUNITY FUND

As part of Budget 2022, Recover Together: Strengthen, Invest, Build, the Manitoba government is committing $100 million over three years to create the new Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund, Premier Heather Stefanson and Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Andrew Smith announced today. “We recognize the significant and positive contributions that Manitoba’s arts, culture and…

Computers 4 Schools MB Expand operations to now include Thompson, MB

Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) in collaboration with the Northern Manitoba Sector Council (NMSC) and Community Futures North Central Development assisted in the expansion of Computers 4 Schools Manitoba (C4SMB) opening a branch in Thompson, Manitoba in October 2021.  C4SMB receives, refurbishes and upgrades donated electronics and provide free or heavily discounted computers, printers and…

Prospectors & Developers and Economic Development Officers from across Manitoba take in PDAC 2022 with funding opportunity

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, there were excited crowds at this international event which attracted over 17,000 bankers, government representatives, investors, executives, geologists, engineers, Indigenous leaders, students and experts and professionals from the exploration and mining industry.   Among those attending included an additional seven representatives (four Prospectors & Developers from across Manitoba…

CEDF attends NACC’s 50th Annual General Meeting

CEDF  would like to thank NACC for inviting us to their 50th Annual General Meeting that took place in Winnipeg August 23rd – 25th.  CEDF was provided an opportunity to present to the delegation with an overview on what CEDF has been working on over the last two years.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, this was…

August 29, 2022 CEDF Blog

CEDF in attendance to Celebrate Norway House Fisherman’s Co-op 60th Anniversary

The 60th anniversary celebration of the Norway House Fishermen’s Co-op was held in Norway House on August 11, 2022 to celebrate the hard work and dedication of many generations of fishermen since 1962. The event was organized by the Norway House Fishermen Co-op’s board, administrators and staff, who wanted to honour and thank the fishermen,…

North Forge North – Opens New Location in Thompson

CEDF wants to congratulate North Forge North in collaboration with UCN on it’s grand opening of their new location in Thompson, MB that took place August 19th & 20th. CEDF looks forward to our continued working relationship with North Forge North.  North Forge North is located at 57 Hayes Rd., Bay 8.

Computers for Schools Manitoba opening new branch in Thompson

Computers for Schools Manitoba, an organization that provides technical training to young people and low-cost electronic devices to schools and other organizations is opening up a northern branch in Thompson soon with help from CEDF and the Northern Manitoba Sector Council (NMSC). Read the full article here: https://www.thompsoncitizen.net/news/thompson/computers-for-schools-to-offer-technical-training-and-new-life-for-old-electronics-in-thompson-1.24351303 Listen to an interview with Justin Menard…

PROVINCE PROVIDES OVER $75 MILLION FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS

The Manitoba government is increasing its budget for the Manitoba Bridge Grant and will be making a fourth round of up to $5,000 payments for eligible businesses and organizations to help protect them through the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “We delayed the third wave coming into Manitoba and…

PROVINCE OPENS INTAKE FOR CANADA-MANITOBA JOB GRANTS

The Manitoba government has opened intake for the Canada–Manitoba Job Grant and increased investment to $8 million this year to help more employers with employee training, Economic Development and Jobs Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “Our government is investing more than $2 million in additional funds this year to meet the demand for Canada–Manitoba Job…

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $2 MILLION FOR DINE-IN RESTAURANT RELIEF PROGRAM

The Manitoba government has announced an additional $2 million to expand the Dine-in Restaurant Relief Program, administered by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Economic Development and Jobs Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “Manitoba’s restaurant industry has made significant sacrifices to keep all Manitobans safe in our…

Look North Newsletter #21- March 19th 2021

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The Manitoba Mineral Development Fund (MMDF) Call for Applications

The Manitoba Mineral Development Fund’s (MMDF) annual fund provides opportunities for Indigenous partnerships, increased local employment and economic development in Northern Manitoba. Funding is also available for projects outside of Northern Manitoba supporting the mineral development industry. More applications and more information can be found here  Apply if you are part of: • Indigenous organizations…

Winter Fisher Helper Training- Information and Applications

The Communities Economic Development Fund in partnership with Manitoba Skills and Employment is pleased to announce funding for another year of the Winter Fisher Helper program. This program seeks to employ commercial fishing helpers for a period of two weeks. In those two weeks, the helper will be trained and mentored by a licensed commercial…

January 18, 2021 Industry News

Newsletter #20- Happy Holidays

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December 20, 2020 Uncategorized

CEDF October Blog

The Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF), the lead agency for the delivery of the Look North Report and Action Plan is reminding everyone of our upcoming On-Line Forum from November 2nd – November 6th. As presented below, we have a full schedule of exciting speakers from various industries. The forum will not only present CEDF’s “Year in…

October 29, 2020 Uncategorized

Newsletter #19 – Virtual Forum- Help Shape The Future Of Northern Manitoba

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Northern Harvesters Market

Join us in Thompson , Flin Flon and OCN to purchase pickerel and other edible products from our northern forests.  

September 15, 2020 Uncategorized

New Media Manitoba- Virtual Game Development Camp Video Playlist

Visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYBlS3_Q5gyL1efjGqCuaa9SDfB2xMzjz to view all the Virtual Game Camp Sessions   #LookNorthMB

New Media Manitoba- Virtual Game Development Camp Information and Registration

The Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF), through Look North and in partnership with New Media Manitoba and our Northern School Divisions is pleased to announce a free Virtual Game Development Camp on, Monday, August 17th to Friday, August 21st from 1 pm to 2 pm daily with a question period from 2 pm to 3…

Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Publishes Federal & Provincial COVID – 19 Support Guide

MCC has created a guide to capture the range of available special funds, tax deferrals, and employer programs, as well as information about who is eligible, how to apply, and where to find more information on the Government of Canada’s and the Province of Manitoba’s websites. Click read more to access Support Guide. Click Here…

CEDF Blog – Issue 1

With 67% of Manitoba’s land area and just over 7% of its population, northern Manitoba has been a long-term net contributor to the economic prosperity of all Manitoba, as the source of some of the province’s richest natural resources and tourism icons.  Today however, it is a region that has suffered significant job losses in…

February 12, 2020 CEDF Blog

Darryl & Kim Pierce, Benito Premium Meats Ltd.

“CEDF was there for our family when we relocated to open our business. We look forward to dealing with them in the future.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Nelson River Logging Ltd.

“CEDF has assisted Nelson River Logging Ltd. (NRL) from the very beginning. Thanks CEDF for assisting us with our business.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

McBeth Fisheries

“The Fisher River McBeth Board of Directors are grateful for the financial support provided by CEDF that assists in the growth of our local commercial fishery.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Penny Rawlings, Arctic Trading Company

“This loan gave us ability to only make loan payments during our high season.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Board of Directors, Norway House Commercial Fishermen’s Co-op

“The fishers of the Norway House Fishermen’s Co-op thank CEDF for their assistance throughout the years and look forward to a continued successful relationship.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Guy Laframboise & Wendy Popika

“CEDF has definitely helped us succeed in business.“

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Gerald Slater

“We appreciate the understanding and support of our partners like the Communities Economic Development Fund.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Three Decades of Thrilling Arctic Experiences

If you’re looking for an amazing arctic adventure, consider Frontiers North Adventures (FNA). FNA offers a dizzying array of arctic experiences, from traveling with leading scientists to view and photograph the majestic polar bears, to river rafting expeditions and Arctic cruises, to watching the Northern Lights come to life from the observation deck of an…

Manitoba Mukluks Building a Community

Sean McCormick, CEO of Winnipeg-based Manitoba Mukluks (MM), says his company isn’t just making mukluks, they’re building a community. MM is working to revive traditional arts by creating business partnerships with elders and local artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way. The company is also investing in education and employment through a partnership…

Iconic Winnipeg Restaurant Chain A Huge Success in Norway House

Now in its second year of operation, a Salisbury House restaurant in Norway House has become a great success story. The Winnipeg-based restaurant chain, affectionately known as “The Sals”, has been serving quality food to Winnipeggers since 1931. In May 2015, the firm ventured out of Winnipeg for the first time, opening a new 80…

Snow Lake Motor Hotel

These are exciting times for Snow Lake resident Gerald Lamontagne. He and three other partners took ownership of the Snow Lake Motor Hotel in May, 2012, and they are now on the verge of expanding into a brand new motel just a few steps away. “Our hotel, which has been around since 1949, has been…

Aurora Inn

If you’re visiting Churchill and you’re looking for a place to stay, owners David Daley and Bill Dingwall invite you to the Aurora Inn, their 22-room, apartment style suite hotel, open year round. Daley and Dingwall weren’t always in the hotel business. A few years ago, the Aurora’s previous owners decided to sell, but they…

Sweet Success for Rocky Lake Birchworks Ltd.

Move over, maple syrup – birch syrup has arrived. That is the key message behind the success of Rocky Lake Birchworks Ltd., a family-run company in Rocky Lake, MB, specializing in the production of birch syrup derived from the sap of Manitoba’s iconic paper birch trees. Johanna and Alan McLauchlan and their sons, Andy and…

Arctic Trading Company

Now in its 38th year, the Arctic Trading Company is a small business located in Churchill, Manitoba, on the shores of Hudson’s Bay. The company manufactures and sells native-made slippers, mukluks, mitts and gauntlets. They also sell furs and souvenir items, and they collect art from many different First Nations across Canada for resale. Owners…

Forbes Forest Finds

Finding a niche and filling it is a classic recipe for success. That is just what Rodney Forbes did in 2011, when he started Forbes Forest Finds. Based in The Pas, the company trains people to find and harvest natural products that are sold to other companies. Forbes Forest Finds also offers packaged wild rice,…

Casual Wear Extraordinaire

Growing up in The Pas, Jerome Conaty didn’t always have easy access to popular fashion items in his hometown, so he is making sure that today’s generation can easily avoid that challenge. Conaty owns and operates funkythreadz.com, a retail store offering family clothing and footwear, accessories, lifestyle products and services as cool as his growing…

Vale Canada Limited

Vale Canada Limited is a mining sector company located in Thompson, employing more than 1,000 people. Its Northern Employment Strategy was developed to create a sustainable workforce model based on attracting and training northern Manitobans. The program has enabled more than 200 employees from 12 northern Manitoba communities to successfully join Vale’s workforce since 2012.

Nelson River Logging Ltd.

Since founding Nelson River Logging Ltd. in 1992, owners Albert and Jim McIvor haven’t been sitting still. Always looking to grow their business, in their first year, they purchased a wood chipper. Several years later, they purchased a pre-engineered convex commercial steel structure to serve as the base for their business. In 1998, they purchased…

Norway House Cree Nation Water and Sewer Trucks

As they are in every northern community, water and sewer services are essential to the health and well-being of Norway House Cree Nation. “These services are critical to ever member of our community, and we work hard to ensure a high level of service,” said Gerald Slater, former Director of Economic Development for Norway House…

Amik Aviation

Amik Aviation is a 100 per cent owned and operated chartered air service, offering scheduled and chartered flights from St. Andrews to remote First Nation communities, including Pauingassi, Little Grand Rapids and Bloodvein. The company also offers chartered services to anywhere in Manitoba and Ontario. Owner and operator Oliver Owen had a vision to own…

Lazy Bear Expeditions

Wally Daudrich, owner and Founder of Lazy Bear Lodge, was a local Polar Bear tour guide who saw the potential of turning two tragic forest fires into a positive experience for visitors to the Arctic. His plan was to create an eco-friendly lodge that would reflect the history and beauty of its surroundings. With construction…

Sea North Tours

Operating tours in Churchill for almost 30 years, Dwight Allen currently operates the Polar Inn & Suites and Sea North Tours. Erin Greene operates stand up paddleboarding tours in Churchill beluga season through Sea North Tours.

Dave Daley, Wapusk Adventures

David and Valerie Daley are long time residents of Churchill, with David’s family history going back to the 1950s. Hard work has made their dreams come true with the creation of Wapusk General Store (hand-built by Dave) and Wapusk Adventures Dog Sled Camp. Wapusk Adventures takes pride in promoting this northern town. In 2005, Wapusk…

Churchill Wild, Mike and Jeanne Reimer

Twenty-five years ago, guide Mike Reimer and professional photographer Dennis Fast were flying north up the coast from Churchill, Manitoba to look at a few tumbled down shacks near the mouth of the Seal River. They were hoping to find a spot for a lodge. They did, and the rest, as they say, is history….

Frontiers North Adventures, John Gunter

Founded in 1987, Frontiers North is a family business that has been operating in Canada’s north for three decades, delivering unique itineraries and amazing experiences to travelers from around the world and growing the company into an internationally-recognized eco-tourism operation. Founders Lynda and Merv Gunter received the 2014 Canadian Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jasyn Lucas

The Gift of Art, art gallery and gift shop, owned and run by First Nations artist, Jasyn Lucas. A member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, Jasyn was born in Flon Flon Manitoba, and raised in Thompson Manitoba. In 2007 he chose to dedicate all of his time to a career as a visual artist…

Norway House Fishermen’s Co-op

The great tradition of fishing has long played an integral role in Indigenous culture and a group of northern Manitobans are working together to make sure that practice benefits fishers and their communities for years to come. Established 55 years ago, the Norway House Fishermen’s Co-op is an organization of 50 members, all of whom…

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October 20, 2019 Industry News

Province launches innovation growth program delivers funding to economic development partners

“The Manitoba government is moving forward with key elements of its Economic Growth Action Plan that build on Manitoba’s strengths and help to better respond to the needs of business and industry, Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke, vice-chair of the Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet, announced today on behalf of the Growth, Enterprise…

PROVINCE LAUNCHES INNOVATION GROWTH PROGRAM, DELIVERS FUNDING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

The Manitoba government is moving forward with key elements of its Economic Growth Action Plan that build on Manitoba’s strengths and help to better respond to the needs of business and industry, Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke, vice-chair of the Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet, announced today on behalf of the Growth, Enterprise…

Manitoba appoints new board, provides new mandate to communities economic development fund

Focused on Building a Strong, Sustainable Economic Future in Northern Manitoba: Pedersen The Manitoba government is taking an important step to advance northern economic development and position the region for long-term success, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “We’ve said from day one that in order to build a sustainable future in…

MANITOBA APPOINTS NEW BOARD, PROVIDES NEW MANDATE TO COMMUNITIES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND

The Manitoba government is taking an important step to advance northern economic development and position the region for long-term success, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “We’ve said from day one that in order to build a sustainable future in the region, northern economic development must be led by northerners, based on…