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Community Futures Cedar Lake Region is excited to announce the 2023-2024 Investing in Our Futures Grant Program!

Between January 2022 and November 2022, CF Cedar Lake awarded almost $142 thousand dollars in grant money to 33 projects in our region. “While we have funding to run the program again, we have modified it so that we can offer it over a number of years,” commented Joe Cote, General Manager of CF Cedar Lake. “The program had enormous impact on the groups who received grants. We saw a new wheelchair ramp and stairs installed at The Pas and Area Animal Shelter, upgrades to the public swimming pool in Birch River, first aid training at the Barrows Community Centre, and a new firehall washroom shower in Cormorant, to name just a few projects. Based on the success of the previous Investing in Our Futures Grants, CF Cedar Lake is able to offer the program again,” continues Cote.

This year, projects submitted for consideration will be funded on a matching basis, up to a maximum of $2,000. The grant is open to community councils, community organizations, First Nations organizations, non-profit groups, and schools, all of which must be located in the CF Cedar Lake service region. For-profit businesses and business organizations are not eligible to apply.

Preference will be given to first time applicants; however previous grant recipients are welcome to apply, providing the funds will be used toward a new project and not one that was previously funded.

• August 16, 2023 – Launch of the Investing in Our Futures Grant Program
• February 1, 2024 – the deadline to apply for the grant, or as long as the funds are available.
• April 1, 2023 to March 1, 2024 – the eligible dates for project expenses to be incurred.
• March 15, 2024 – Final report with photographs and receipts to be submitted.

For more information about the 2023-2024 Investing in Our Futures Grant Program, and to access the application form, please visit our or contact Sandra Shapiro, Development Officer, 204-627-5452 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Community Futures Cedar Lake Region launched the 2023 Business Needs Assessment Survey in April. The purpose of the survey was to reach out to as many businesses and organizations in the Tri-Community as possible. We wanted to assess the business climate of the area by identifying and examining current issues facing businesses. With the results from the survey, we hope to build and strengthen relationships with our businesses and community organizations, to support them in their growth and to identify ways to improve the business climate in the community.

“We want to examine what is positive and what challenges the business community is facing,” explains Joe Cote, CF Cedar Lake’s General Manager. “Our hope is that by working in partnership with community organizations and businesses, we will be able to develop an action based strategic plan for community development in terms of job retention, job creation, business creation and succession planning.”

“We sat down and took a look at what CF Cedar Lake has accomplished in its 26 years in the community,” continues Cote. “And to be honest, the numbers surprised us!”

In terms of business development, in 26 years, CF Cedar Lake has approved 344 loans in the Cedar Lake region, (267 in the Tri-Community and 77 in the rest of their service area). This translates to over $5.7 million in loans for the Tri-Community, and over $1.7 million for the rest of the region. We have helped create and/or maintain 1385 jobs (1100 local and 285 in the service area). When you include the dollars leveraged in the communities, you can add in over $3 million dollars that businesses have themselves invested. Putting all of this together, that’s over $10.6 million dollars invested in our communities.

CF Cedar Lake does more than business loans. We are members of regional groups who have a common goal to develop the North. We provide support and advice to potential, new and existing business in terms of planning and helping them explore financial opportunities. We have also invested in our communities in terms of grants and sponsorships. In terms of dollars, we invested over $212,000 in our communities, which, when you factor in the dollars leveraged, works out to over $1.3 million dollars.

Our big project over the last two years, was the “Investing in Our Futures” grant. Due to available funds at the time, we were able to provide eligible community organizations with grants of up to $5000 for their projects. We helped to fund the new stairs and wheelchair ramp at The Pas & Area Animal Shelter, the “Welcome to The Pas” sign on the south side of town (with the one on the north side to go up soon), and helped fund the new pump house at Ralls Island Park, to name just a few of the projects. Between January 2022 and November 2022, we provided almost $142 thousand in grant money to 33 projects in our region.

In terms of sponsorships, we are a strong supporter of the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival, both in terms of funding and our time. Both Joe Cote and Sandra Shapiro have worked on the creation and construction of the Ice Capp for the last two years, and Sandra runs the Labatt/Wescana Ice Bar during the Festival. We provided the funds necessary for the purchase of new binoculars for the new viewing platform at the Opasquia Trails Boardwalk, and are looking forward to attending their official grand opening.

In addition to the above, we have organized various workshops in our communities, whether on our own or in partnership with other Community Futures offices. We have offered Food Handler Safety certificate courses, introductions to bookkeeping and cash management, a business succession seminar. In November 2022, we partnered with CF North Central and NACCA, and offered an Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneur Program. The program was well attended and, as a highlight, the 22 women who participated in the program, received Chromebooks as a gift and a tool to use in their businesses!

CF Cedar lake is extremely excited for the completion of the 2023 Business Needs Assessment survey. We look forward to working with our partners to develop and operationalize plans that will benefit our communities.

To participate in the 2023 Business Needs Assessment survey, please contact

Sandra Shapiro

Development Officer, CF Cedar Lake


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Welcome to Community Futures Cedar Lake Region

Community Futures Manitoba

Manitoba’s 16 Community Futures corporations deliver a variety of services including loans and technical and advisory services for small and medium- sized businesses, services targeted to youth and entrepreneurs with disabilities, and community economic development and planning.

Mission Statement

Community Futures Cedar Lake Region assists our communities and entrepreneurs to seize economic opportunities with loans, advice and project supports.

Vision Statement

Cedar Lake Region has a strong, diversified economy and social fabric that supports and fuels our growing communities.

  • Baden
  • Barrows
  • Bellsite
  • Big Eddy
  • Birch River
  • Carrot Valley
  • Chemawawin Cree Nation
  • Cormorant
  • Dawson Bay
  • Easterville
  • Grand Rapids
  • Misipawistik First Nation
  • Kelsey (Excluding Cranberry Portage)
  • Lenswood
  • Mafeking
  • Moose Lake
  • Mosakahiken Cree Nation
  • Mountain
  • National Mills
  • Novra
  • Opaskwayak Cree Nation
  • Overflowing River
  • Pelican Rapids
  • Powell
  • Ralls Island
  • Red Deer Lake
  • Sapotaweyak Cree Nation
  • The Pas
  • Umpherville
  • Wanless
  • Westgate
  • Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation
  • Youngs Point
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Contact Us

Community Futures Cedar Lake
Lot 403 Che Mem Maskanow Road (Opaskwayak Cree Nation)
P.O. Box 569, The Pas, MB
Phone: (204) 627-5450

About Community Futures Cedar Lake

Providing financing and support to rural entrepreneurs to develop their potential. Community Futures Cedar Lake Inc. strengthens communities in the region through innovative business and community economic development support services.