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Western Diversification Program - Call for Proposals

The intake period for the WDP Call for Proposals (CFP) is now closed.

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives with not-for-profit organizations that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.

The WDP Call for Proposals (WDP-CFP) process allows for a comparative analysis of projects against clear criteria; strengthens the department’s responsiveness to economic trends and industry needs; and ensures alignment to Government of Canada plans and priorities.

Information about the WDP-CFP process and eligibility for funding is available in the:

The Applicant Guide and FAQs are subject to change with each intake period.

Eligible organizations

The following non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for WDP funding:

  1. Industry associations, economic development organizations, cultural organizations, and societies;
  2. Post-secondary institutions;
  3. Co-operatives;
  4. Hospitals and regional health care centers;
  5. Indigenous-led not-for-profits and organizations which may include but not limited to First Nations as represented by their Chief and Council, Tribal Councils, Indigenous Representative Organizations, Métis and Inuit organizations and Settlements as well as First Nation/Métis Settlement wholly-owned businesses where all profits accrue solely to the First Nation/Settlement to benefit community members;
  6. Municipal Governments and organizations created by them;
  7. Federal Crown Corporations (Treasury Board Secretariat will be consulted prior to any funding decisions for Federal Crown Corporations); and,
  8. Provincial Government Departments, agencies and Crown Corporations (although eligible within the WDP Terms and Conditions, WD would require an Order in Council to contract with these organizations. As such, any projects would be considered on an exceptional basis).

For-profit organizations can access funding for innovation projects through WD’s Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative.

Eligible activities

Contributions will be made to projects that support the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy, and activities where economic and/or employment benefits accrue primarily within Western Canada.

Applications received under the WDP-CFP process must directly support one (or more) of the following WD Strategic Priorities:

  • Clean technology; and/or
  • Indigenous economic growth (IEG).

In parallel to the WDP-CFP, WD is also seeking applications for the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) to enhance the vitality of francophone communities in Western Canada.

Funded projects

Strong projects will demonstrate:

  • A clear alignment to one or more of WD’s priorities (listed above);
  • Strong market/industry demand (e.g., the project addresses a significant gap in the market, there is a demonstrated industry demand for the project or there is demonstrated labour/skills shortages);
  • Clear, measurable economic results for Western Canada;
  • Effective governance measures and management team in place to carry out the project;
  • A strong rationale for the project;
  • Financial statements that demonstrate the organization is financially self-sustaining;
  • Leveraged funding from provincial governments, the private sector, and other non-government sources (typically 50 percent or more); and,
  • Non-WD funding is confirmed. Funding will only be considered confirmed with proof of confirmed funding.

Preference will be given to projects that focus on or include one or more of the following elements:

  • Include industry participation and/or support (can be in the form of written support or confirmed funding from industry sources);
  • Support clean technology initiatives identified by industry sectors as a priority; and,
  • IEG applications submitted by Indigenous organizations or those with Indigenous partners.