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.

GET staff can provide advice, path finding and facilitation support to rural communities pursuing local economic development. Contact the Economic Development Specialists at

Community Planning Tools

Visit our Community Planning Tools section to find innovative options which communities can use to plan and direct their own development.

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.

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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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