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Services for Communities

WD invests in community-driven projects and other initiatives designed to increase productivity and competitiveness, and improve the quality of life in western communities.

Funding is available for community projects that support innovation, business development and/or community economic growth.

Our investments are helping the region compete in the knowledge-based economy, developing a more diversified economic base and creating new skilled employment for western Canadians.

The following section provides general information on various programs and services that are available:

  • Western Diversification Program (WDP) is one of the programs through which WD makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. Organizations eligible to apply under this program include universities and other post-secondary institutions, research institutes, industry associations, Indigenous and other not-for-profit organizations.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary. Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will invest in projects that celebrate our shared heritage, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.
  • WD's multi-year funding for the Western Canada Business Service Network provides over 100 points of service in rural and urban communities. These business service partners deliver information, technical advice, loans, training and other assistance to provide new and emerging entrepreneurs with the expertise they need to establish or expand their business. The Network includes: