Rural and Northern Economic Development


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Strong rural and northern communities are vital to economic growth in Manitoba.

Explore opportunities to build more vibrant communities, where young people can learn and look toward a future full of opportunities. The Manitoba government encourages rural and northern communities to take an active role in planning and directing their future.


Economic Development Resources

  • Commercialization Support for Business (CSB)
    The CSB Program was formed to help entrepreneurs and businesses with every stage in the business lifecycle. Entrepreneurs can get support to create new ideas, products, services, processes, markets and jobs in all sectors and regions of the province.
  • Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF)
    CEDF's mandate is to encourage economic development in Northern Manitoba through the provision of Financial Assistance [in the form of loans and guarantees] and other forms of technical assistance.
  • Community Enterprise Development Tax Credit (CEDTC)
    The CEDTC encourages Manitoban resident investors or eligible corporations to invest in specific community enterprises or in community development investment pools in their communities. The aim is to assist community based enterprise development projects in raising local equity capital.
  • Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (EDC-MBM)
    The EDC for MBM is encouraging, stimulating and organizing economic development in bilingual municipalities.

Community Planning Tools

The following are innovative tools communities can use to plan and direct their own development.

  • Community Economic Development (CED) is a grassroots approach to development where communities choose deliberate actions to influence the local economy and to improve the quality of life for its residents.
  • Regional Economic Analysis Process (REAP) explains how communities can use regional demographic, labour, business and industry data to identify economic development priorities. With supporting workshops, this analysis leads to creation of an economic action plan. REAP may be used by existing regional organizations or a group of regional stakeholders committed to working together to develop a regional economic development strategy.
  • Expand Housing Options in Your Community is a project manual for community groups and organizations looking to increase community housing options.
  • First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE) is a program that helps communities learn about their strengths and weaknesses as seen through the eyes of a first time visitor. This manual explains how communities can use this process to inform their decisions as they create more vibrant places to live and work.
  • Photovoice for Community Development is a tool any community can easily use to encourage community discussion and planning. Using pictures, a wide range of community members are asked to identify community strengths, issues and opportunities. This guide provides step-by-step instructions and resources for conducting a Photovoice project.
  • Co-operative Development Services, a branch of Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, offers support and advice on how to strengthen communities by forming co-operatives of all kinds.

Regional Economic Profiles


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Visit and Invest in Northern Manitoba, a region rich in resources and experiences. If you are looking for an ideal place to launch a great business idea, to expand an existing success story or to relocate to a unique region with untapped potential, consider making northern Manitoba your new home.

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