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Western Diversification Program – Call for Proposals

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.

The Call for Proposals (CFP) process is a fair, open, transparent and widely accepted business process whereby interested parties develop project proposals and apply for funding. CFP will be issued up to twice per year. Projects involving all industry sectors will be considered.

Through the CFP process Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will be able to strengthen our responsiveness to economic trends and industry needs and ensure alignment to Government of Canada plans and priorities.

The WDP Call for Proposals process closed at 12:00 p.m. (CDT), May 30, 2014. The next Call for Proposal will be announced at a later date.

Detailed instructions for completing your business’ application are available in the Applicant Guide.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications via WD’s online application tool. If you cannot submit your application online, please contact a WD regional office for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Eligible organizations

Funding is provided 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 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.

Projects involving all industry sectors will be considered. Activities funded under this program will be in the areas of:

  • Innovation
  • Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB)
  • Trade and investment
  • Economic growth acceleration opportunities for Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis)
  • Skills development and training

Funded projects

WD supports projects that are aligned with its mandate and meet its priorities. Preference may be given to projects that focus on or include one or more of the following elements:

  • Result in economic benefits to more than one western Canadian province or all of Western Canada;
  • Leverage funding from provincial governments, the private sector, and other non-government sources (typically 50 percent or more);
  • Include industry participation;
  • Address multiple priority areas;
  • Project proposals received from organizations whose operations are financially self-sustaining;
  • Directly impact or extend project benefits to Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC); and,
  • Support priority initiatives identified by industry sectors that will position them for success over the longer term.