WD focuses its efforts on programs and investments that strengthen innovation, foster a competitive and expanded business sector, and contribute to economic development in communities across the West.
Our investments are helping the region compete in the knowledge-based economy, developing a more diversified economic base and creating new skilled employment for western Canadians. Areas of focus are:
The following sections provide general information on various programs that are available. However, we strongly encourage applicants to contact the nearest WD office and discuss their proposal with a program officer, who can provide invaluable assistance about sources of funds and the application process.
Groups eligible to apply under these programs include universities and other post-secondary academic institutions, research institutes, industry associations and other not-for-profit organizations.