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Government of Canada Announces New Funding and Engagement Plan in Alberta for Western Canada Growth Strategy


Strategy aims to grow the economy and create middle-class jobs by building on Alberta’s unique strengths and competitive advantages.

September 14, 2018 – Edmonton, Alberta – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Our government is supporting economic growth and creating good middle-class jobs in Alberta and across western Canada.

As announced in Budget 2018, the Government is committing $208 million over five years to promote the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy. This is why, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, and Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), today launched an engagement plan to develop a regional growth strategy with western Canadians for western Canadians.
From coast to coast to coast, Canada’s economy is as diverse as its landscapes, presenting unique challenges and opportunities. This strategy will grow Alberta’s economy, create good middle-class jobs, and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity across the four western provinces. It also builds on the Innovation and Skills Plan to make Canada a world leader in innovation and create good middle-class jobs.
Albertans are invited to share their ideas online to help shape the Western Canada Growth Strategy. Over the fall, roundtable discussions will take place in major cities across Western Canada with businesses, different levels of government, thought leaders, Indigenous Peoples, rural communities, women, youth, and new immigrants to develop a new, targeted approach to economic development with a focus on innovation.

“Our government is building a vibrant economic future for Western Canada. The Western Canada Growth Strategy is a step forward in the Innovation and Skills Plan to strengthen Canada’s position as a centre of innovation and grow the middle class. By engaging Albertans in the development of this strategy, we are developing a tailored approach that leverages regional strengths and opportunities to build an innovative and inclusive economy in Western Canada.”
- The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods

“Hearing from the very people who will benefit from a stronger economy in Western Canada is an important way to ensure that we remain competitive in today’s global marketplace. The input we receive will shape the roadmap to strengthen Western Canada by stimulating the economy and increasing job opportunities for all Canadians including Indigenous Peoples, women and youth.”
- Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues
Quick facts
• The Western Canada Growth Strategy will be a roadmap to build an innovative Western Canada - one that strengthens the economy, supports innovative and resource-based industries, and increases job opportunities for all Canadians.
• Alberta is home to 37% of the western population and 27% of Indigenous Peoples in Western Canada are located in Alberta.
• Alberta’s GDP increased by 4.9% in 2017 to $304.7B, growing faster than any other province.
• In 2017, Alberta’s exports were second highest in value among provinces in Canada.
• Almost 175,000 small and medium-sized businesses are based in Alberta.
• Two of Canada’s top 15 research universities are located in Alberta.

Related products
• Backgrounder: Towards a Western Canada Growth Strategy

Associated links
• Western Canada Growth Strategy
• Innovation and Skills Plan
• Building an inclusive and innovative Canada
• Backgrounder: Investing in Regional Innovation and Development

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Volunteer Board of Directors Opportunity

Community Futures Centre West knows that community matters as much as success.

We are recruiting forward-thinking, value-oriented board members with a passion for leadership, community development, and entrepreneurship. Our professional board development program will keep you challenged, stimulate creativity and build leadership capabilities.
Funded by Western Economic Diversification, CF Centre West is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Directors are local community champions and professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds and are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization.
For more information and to apply  go to:
Or contact Patti-Jay Powell, Executive Director e:, c: 403.389.8272 


Professional office space available for lease at 3209, 101 Sunset Drive in Cochrane, AB. 3 Year Lease required. Monthly rates include operating costs/all common costs within the unit, internet, and GST. If required offices can be leased partially or fully furnished.  Looking for tenants that will appreciate a quiet, clean and professional business setting. Available November 1, 2018, but earlier occupancy can be arranged.

Office #1, 208 Sq. Ft: $650.00/month

Office #2, 114 Sq. Ft: $325.00/month

Office #3, 114 Sq. Ft: $325.00/month

The office space is located in the business community of the "Trading Post" in picturesque Sunset Ridge Cochrane.

Current Tennent's onsite:
• Kids & Company Daycare
• Sunset Ridge Pharmacy
• Sunset Ridge Dental
• The Hub Cafe & Wine
• Candid Cosmetics
• Business Up
• Foothills Creative Beginnings
• Martial Arts Studio
• Law Office
• Crowfoot Liquor
• Lundgren & Young Insurance
• Community Futures Network of Alberta
• Cochrane Counselling Centre
• Willow Springs Strategic Centre
• Canadian Pizza Unlimited
• Brooklyn Social House
• Kimmer Market & Gas
• Avenue Cakery & Bakeshoppe
• Premier Building Solutions
• Maple Leaf Quilting
• Doctor

Community Quick Facts
• Easy access tram Highway 22
• Only commercial center in Sunset Ridge
• Parking available
• Walking paths and park close by

If you are interested in viewing or require additional information, please contact Patti-Jay Powell at 403-389-8272 or

New Opportunity- Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan- What is Means for Alberta

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The governments of Canada and Alberta are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments that will create economic growth, sustain well-paying jobs, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy-leading to a high quality of life for all Canadians.


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On April 1, 2018 all Alberta Community Futures Associations will have a new and improved website!

Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Applications Open

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2018
Send your 13 to 15 year old business-minded kid to camp this summer.  An action packed week of adventure and entrepreneurship that gives real hands on experience starting and operating a business in a camp setting.    Best of all – it’s free (a $650 value, sponsored by local businesses).  Interested youth must apply.  Click here for more information.

Youth Can Do It!

Are you between 18-24 and reside in Canada? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Would you like the opportunity to network and gain mentorship? Are you willing to share your story with us?

The Youth Can Do It! event will identify diverse, young entrepreneurs and bring them together in Ottawa to connect with inspiring business experts to support their journey forward. Selected young entrepreneurs will gain support from the business community and will create new connections. Most importantly they will be inspired to achieve their entrepreneurial goals.

Selected young entrepreneurs will be invited to visit Ottawa on June 10 - 12, 2018, to network, create and exchange ideas.


Resources for business leaders of tomorrow
Networking and collaboration activities
Mentoring opportunities
Opportunities to share ideas with other young entrepreneurs
The deadline for applications is March 12, 2018.

Contact information
If you have any questions regarding Youth Can Do It! or need more information please email our team:

Application process for Youth Can Do It!
From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Youth Can Do It! celebrates young Canadian entrepreneurs from across the country. Selected entrepreneurs will be invited to Ottawa for three days of activities and celebration from June 10 - 12, 2018.

You must be a young entrepreneur, aged 18-24
You must reside in Canada
You must complete an application submission
You must be available to attend the Youth Can Do It! event in Ottawa from June 10 - 12, 2018
How to apply
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT on March 12, 2018.

Your submission must include a completed application form and video.

The video must be 1-2 minutes in length in which you must:

tell us about your entrepreneurial story
explain why you are the perfect candidate
talk about what inspires you to become an entrepreneur and how you got to where you are
What this means for you
If selectedFootnote **, you will receive:

a trip to OttawaFootnote *** from June 10 - 12, 2018
opportunities for networking and mentorship
access to information and resources for your venture
Airfare and accommodations for the event in Ottawa in June 2018 will be provided for the selected entrepreneurs.


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