Manitoba Order in Council Reappoints Directors for CEDF

August 4, 2023

Douglas (Doug) Lauvstad, Edna Nabess, Chuck Davidson and Becky Cianflone have been reappointed as Communities Economic Development Fund directors. When this Order is in effect, the board will consist of the following members: Colleen Smook Ron D. Spence Theresa Wride Becky Cianflone Chuck Davidson Edna Nabess Douglas (Doug) Lauvstad (Chairperson)

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Maintaining Manitoba’s Momentum as Top Destination for Mineral Exploration and Production

July 28, 2023

On July 25, 2023, Premier Heather Stefanson and Minister Jeff Wharton announced that the Manitoba government is releasing the Manitoba Critical Minerals Strategy to affirm the commitment to supporting a responsible and thriving mining sector by laying out actions to guide the work of government, local communities, and private sector to maintain Manitoba’s momentum as…

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Manitoba Government Supports Exploring Greener Technology at Kraft Paper Mill

July 21, 2023

On July 13, the Manitoba government and the Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) are partnering with Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Ltd. (CKP) to explore opportunities for transitioning to a greener economy in northern Manitoba. With the support of a $90,000 grant from the Manitoba government, a $75,000 grant from the Communities Economic Development Fund and…

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Manitoba Government Invests $1.55 Million to Support Mineral Sector Development

June 12, 2023

On May 25, 2023, Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Jeff Wharton announced that the Manitoba government is granting $1.55 million to the Mining Association of Manitoba Inc. and the Communities Economic Development Fund to support mineral exploration and development in the province. Communities Economic Development is Manitoba’s northern economic development partner, with a mandate…

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CEDF Business Loan Program is Back!

April 21, 2023

Today, Minister Jeff Wharton announced that the Manitoba government is re-opening the Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) Business Loan Program to support northern economic development. The CEDF Business Loan Program provides repayable loans for high-impact economic development opportunities where traditional funding may not be available. The loans of up to $2 million are available to…

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CEDF is Happy to be a Supporting Role to the Thompson Regional Airport Authority’s New Terminal Building

March 30, 2023

The Manitoba government is investing more than $420 million in vital transportation routes and infrastructure over the next five years to build stronger northern communities and create opportunities now for generations to come, Transportation and infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk announced on March 28, 2023. The Manitoba government’s 2023 Multi-year Infrastructure Investment Strategy invests in northern…

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Budget 2023 Supports CEDF $15 Million for Economic Development Activities.

March 17, 2023

On March 15, 2023, Premier Heather Stefanson and Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Jeff Wharton announced that as part of the Budget 2023, the government has focused on economic opportunities, and an additional $50 million is now available to assist Manitoba businesses access capital at all stages of business growth through the Manitoba First…

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Funding Approval of $1.8 Million in Grants Will Be Provided to Support a Wide Variety of Activities Related to Mineral Development and Indigenous Participation

March 7, 2023

On March 6, 2023, A Manitoba government delegation promoted the province as a top destination for mining investment at this week’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto, which focuses on mineral exploration and development. Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Jeff Wharton announced at the Manitoba Reception at PDAC that the…

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Small Business Minimum Wage Adjustment – Eligibility Expanded

December 23, 2022

In response to industry feedback, the Manitoba government has expanded the Small Business Minimum Wage Adjustment Program eligibility requirements to benefit more small businesses. Effective immediately, eligibility for the Small Business Minimum Wage Adjustment Program has been expanded to include businesses with up to 100 Manitoba-based employees.  Previously, eligibility was limited to businesses with up…

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Tourism Assessment and Study

December 9, 2022

CEDF has retained Canadian Eco-Tourism Services to conduct a Tourism Assessment and Study in Northern Manitoba.  Upon completion a report will be provided to UCN for the development of a Tourism Training Program.  For more details on this please click here

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Congratulations to New Media Manitoba on recent announcement

November 8, 2022

CEDF would like to congratulate New Media Manitoba on the newest project they will be working on to further the Interactive Digital Media Industry in Manitoba.  CEDF has worked with New Media Manitoba in the past and is happy to have them as a partner with our Tech Hub Pilot Program that is currently happening…

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North Forge North in Thompson interviewed by CBC News Manitoba

October 19, 2022

The recent grand opening of North Forge North in Thompson is a space for people in the north to explore new opportunities that were not previously made available in the area.  CEDF is proud to partner with North Forge and North Forge North on many great initiatives. To read full CBC article on the space…

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CEDF Receives Funding from Prairies Canada to assist Tourism Industry in Northern Manitoba

October 18, 2022

CEDF was pleased to hear the news that the proposal submitted through the Tourism Relief Fund with Prairies Canada was approved.  Stay tuned for further announcements on program and applications for intake. Here is a portion of the announcement made by Minister Dan Vandal last week related to this exciting initiative. Tourism Relief Fund Launched…

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CEDF Pleased to Participate in Premiers Northern Tour in Thompson.

October 18, 2022

CEDF was pleased to be in attendance for the Northern Tour held last Friday in Thompson with Premier Stefanson and Minister Cullen.  The visit included a Tour of the Ford Testing Site as well as the Glacier Jet Engine Testing Facility.  CEDF looks forward to our ongoing mission of unleashing the economic potential of Northern…

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August 30, 2022

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…

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May 3, 2021

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…

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April 20, 2021

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…

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

October 22, 2020

Follow the link to view this months Look North Newsletter. You can become a regular subscriber by clicking subscribe in the top right corner of the following link

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New Media Manitoba- Virtual Game Development Camp Information and Registration

July 14, 2020

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…

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June 20, 2019

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…

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March 26, 2019

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…

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