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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP), Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has invested over $438 million towards more than 1,000 projects across the West. These projects are contributing to Canada’s economic recovery and creating jobs. Since July 2009, the EAP has helped to create over 650,000 jobs across Canada.
Through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) initiative, WD has provided over $290 million in funds to help communities reduce the short-term impacts of the economic downturn.
The following are two examples of CAF projects that are making a difference in western Canadian communities:
Construction of the new irrigation systems to support increased agricultural production around Lake Diefenbaker in southern Saskatchewan.
Three Irrigation Districts surrounding Lake Diefenbaker in southern Saskatchewan received a total of $5.58 million in funding from CAF to build new irrigation systems that will support increased agricultural production in the area. The South Saskatchewan River Irrigation District, the Riverhurst Irrigation District and the Luck Lake Irrigation District are installing the pumps, pipelines and power lines required to service their respective project areas. The expansion provides irrigation capacity to an additional 15,000 acres, having a direct impact on five communities and eight rural municipalities. In addition to creating employment during construction, the Irrigation Districts expect the initiative to create 60 long-term jobs in the agriculture industry and sustain 223 jobs associated with supporting and servicing the industry.
An animal display at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, which expects to attract 30,000 visitors a year.
The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre is Canada’s first hands-on educational centre to explore the importance of nutrition and food production. This newly constructed 8,280 square-foot building includes interactive exhibits that will lead visitors on a journey from the farmer’s wheat field to the kitchen table. The Discovery Centre expects to receive 30,000 visitors a year, many of them middle-year students and teachers. Tailored to the school curriculum, the indoor and outdoor exhibits will highlight the increasing importance of science and technology in agricultural practices and Canada’s world leadership in food safety and production. The centre, located at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station south of Winnipeg, received more than $2.3 million in funding from CAF.