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Western Diversification Program – Call for Proposals

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is one of the programs through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.

The WDP Call for Proposals (CFP) process is a widely accepted business process whereby interested parties develop project proposals and apply for funding. 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.

The WDP Call for Proposals (CFP) process is now open. It will close on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m. pacific time/2:00 p.m. mountain time/3:00 p.m. central time.


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

Information Sessions

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


Eligible organizations

Funding is provided to not-for-profit organizations such as:

  • Industry associations, economic development organizations, cultural organizations, and societies;
  • Post-secondary institutions;
  • Co-operatives;
  • Hospitals and regional health care centers;
  • First Nations as represented by their Chief and Council, Tribal Councils and Aboriginal-led not-for-profit associations and organizations;
  • Municipal Governments and organizations created by them;
  • Federal Crown Corporations (Treasury Board Secretariat will be consulted prior to any funding decisions for Federal Crown Corporations); and,
  • 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:

  • Innovation
  • Skills Development and Training
  • Trade and Investment
  • Building Capacity for Defence Procurement Opportunities; and,
  • Economic Growth Acceleration Opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis)

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

  • Economic benefits to one or more western Canadian province or all of Western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan);
  • Include industry participation and/or support (can be in the form of written support or confirmed funding from industry sources); and
  • Support priority initiatives identified by industry sectors that will position them for success over the longer term.