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Harper Government Announces Support for Innovation in Manitoba

March 01, 2013
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal support for the AssentWorks Inc. to work with entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize new products and processes.

Our Government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and prosperity,” said Minister Toews. “This investment will remove barriers for new entrepreneurs who would not otherwise be able to purchase the specialized equipment necessary to undertake the research and development needed to produce new prototypes.

The Harper Government’s investment of $467,000 through the Western Diversification Program will enable AssentWorks to expand and enhance the technological capacity to develop prototypes in Manitoba. This fabrication facility will work with existing and potential entrepreneurs, support skills development and applied research, as well as increase the commercialization of new products and processes.

This contribution has given us access to a new level of capability for Manitoba entrepreneurs to prototype innovative ideas and launch new businesses,” said Michael Legary, AssentWorks Chairman. “AssentWorks is about our Manitoba business community supporting new businesses and entrepreneurial activities not just here in Manitoba but right across Canada. Western Economic Diversification Canada understands the value in this type of initiative and we are excited to have them on-board as a strategic partner helping shape the future of entrepreneurship in Western Canada.

AssentWorks Inc. is a non-profit workshop dedicated to providing hands-on access to fabrication and prototyping equipment, knowledge, and a community support for entrepreneurs, inventors, tinkerers, artists, and innovators. Launched in 2011, AssentWorks is the largest makerspace or fabrication facility in Canada—in terms of membership, square footage and tool capability. It is a place where people with common interests, like computers, technology and science, collaborate incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and studios sharing resources and knowledge to build and make things.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

For additional information, contact:

Gabriela Klimes
Communications, Winnipeg
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Telephone: 204-983-6243

Michael Legary
AssentWorks Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Email: mlegary@assentworks.ca

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