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Hon. Minister Jim Carr announces $100 Million in funding for Western Canada's Growth Strategy

From Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Government of Canada remains committed to growing the economy, creating good jobs, and keeping Canada competitive. That is why the Government of Canada, today, laid out priorities to accelerate western Canada’s growth, productivity, and competitiveness.

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, unveiled the next chapter of Grow West: The Western Canada Growth Strategy—a strategy to grow the western economy through four interconnected pillars:

  • Diversification: Build a broader economy by growing emerging sectors and transforming resource sectors
  • Trade: Seize global opportunities by improving export access and growing markets
  • Skills: Foster talent for the new economy by strengthening education and upskilling
  • Communities: Connect to innovation and growth by building resilience and liveability, and enhancing digital access

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Western Canada has significant opportunities for strong growth, even with the natural and economic challenges of recent years. Manitoba is actively pursuing trade diversification and expanding access in the global marketplace, increasing exports by 12 percent last year. With a rich endowment of natural resources, strategically located trade corridors, a highly skilled workforce, and a strong capacity for research, Manitoba, and all the western provinces are well-positioned to continue to thrive. Manitoba’s strengths are found in its diverse and vibrant communities, which form the backbone for its reputation for innovation, quality, and reliability in the national and global market. The diversification of Manitoba’s economy, rooted in its strong history in the agriculture, manufacturing and transportation sectors, is vital as we move forward.

In 2018, the Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, started laying the foundation to capitalize on home field advantages by engaging in meaningful conversations with Canadians about western Canada’s future. Budget 2019 allocated $100 million in new funding over the next three years for Western Economic Diversification Canada to strengthen programming and advance Grow West with like-minded partners. With a strong history of supporting industry, innovation, and economic development, the Department will coordinate efforts under the diversification priority.

To learn more about Grow West: The Western Canada Growth Strategy, visit