Minister Vandal unveils new PrairiesCan service location and announces investments

Prairies Economic Development Canada

Over $2.3 million to northern Manitoba businesses and organizations announced at the unveiling of one of seven new PrairiesCan service locations

August 4, 2022 – Thompson, Manitoba – Prairies Economic Development Canada

Northern Manitoba is home to vibrant communities, some of the province’s richest natural resources, and most iconic tourism locations. The region has extensive economic opportunity and is a key contributor to the province’s overall prosperity. Throughout the Prairies, communities have unique needs and priorities. As a result, the government of Canada has committed to an enhanced approach to community economic development, and is opening seven new regional offices across the Prairies to serve better more communities.

Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, officially unveiled the new PrairiesCan service location in Thompson, Manitoba to bring PrairiesCan directly to the community and focus on the unique circumstances of northern Manitoba. The new office shares a space with the Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF), allowing close cooperation with the CEDF towards the economic future of the North and its people.

As part of the grand opening, Minister Vandal announced $2,350,435 for seven projects in communities across northern Manitoba. Projects supported through this announcement include the diversification of Thompson’s economy by building upon the area’s formidable winter testing abilities, delivering digital training and coaching to northern Manitoba tourism businesses, and constructing outdoor Indigenous gathering spaces at several University College of the North campuses.

Today’s opening and announcement mark a new chapter for PrairiesCan. Northern Manitoba has endless opportunities for growth and economic prosperity.

Minister Vandal also reiterated this week’s news that the government of Canada and the province of Manitoba are jointly investing up to $147.6 million in the Arctic Gateway Group for the operation and maintenance of the Hudson Bay Railway, which will keep Indigenous and Northern communities in Manitoba connected, maintain supply chains, and promote tourism.

The government of Canada is listening to Indigenous, rural, and Northern communities in Manitoba and across Canada, and is responding by bringing resources and services directly where it is needed.

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