Province to Provide $15 Million for Economic Development Fund for Lake St. Martin and Lake Manitoba Outlet Canals


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The Manitoba government is spending $15 million to support an Indigenous economic development fund tied to the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet canals project.

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The fund will be awarded in the form of a proposal-based funding program, which will be open to 39 Indigenous groups involved in the distribution channels project. The fund will be used to support economic development opportunities related to distribution channels.

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“This new fund will support the development of Indigenous-led economic opportunities and long-term economic development in communities most affected by the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Canals Project,” said Doyle Piwniuk. , Transport and Infrastructure, in an October 5 press release. Press release.

The province says that before launching the fund, the government will work with Indigenous communities to develop a framework. An evaluation committee made up of representatives from government departments will review the proposals once the fund is officially launched.

More details on program eligibility, admissions process and funding agreement requirements will be released in the coming months.

The outlets project includes the construction of two 23-kilometre canals, three bridges and two water control structures. The objective of the project is to improve the regulation of the waters of Lake Manitoba and Lake Saint-Martin and to reduce flooding on the two lakes.


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