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Western Diversification Program - Summary

WD’s next Call for Proposals opens May 1, 2014 and closes May 30, 2014.

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. Project proposals for WDP are solicited via a Call for Proposals (CFP) issued up to twice per year. Projects involving all industry sectors are considered.

The Call for Proposals period for the Western Diversification Program opens on May 1, 2014 and closes May 30, 2014.

As a result of broad-based engagement across Western Canada and a review of its existing priorities, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has set out specific program parameters for the CFP.

What is a Call for Proposal process?

The CFP process is a fair, open, transparent process whereby interested parties develop project proposals and apply for funding to carry out activities that support objectives and priorities identified by the Department. Applicants will have 30 days from the beginning of the CFP to submit their application.

Why is WD implementing a Call for Proposals process?

As part of WD's mandate to promote the development and diversification of the Western Canadian economy, we are committed in responding to economic trends and industry needs. Through feedback from consultation with stakeholders and regional partners WD is implementing the CFP process to ensure targeted investment that will benefit regional economic development into the future.

Please refer to the WDP Program Parameters for more information about WDP priorities.

Who is eligible for assistance?

Funding under the Western Diversification Program is available to not-for-profit organizations such as:

  • Industry associations, community and/or economic development organizations and research organizations;
  • Post-secondary institutions; and,
  • First nations as represented by their Chief and Council, Tribal Councils and Aboriginal-led not-for-profit associations and organizations.

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

When will the WDP CFP open?

WD’s WDP CFP opens on May 1, 2014 and closes on May 30, 2014.