Community Futures North Central P.O.Box 1208, Thompson, MB - Phone: (204) 677-1490
Photo by Tiffany Spence

Our Successes

The Growing Communities Program was a fund set up to assist communities in the north central region to "grow" community economic development initiatives, this program ran 3 years and supported projects in the communities of:
The Incorporated Community of Cross Lake
Nelson House

CFNCD has worked extensively on childcare programs including:

Preparation of the Juniper Pre-School and Kiddies Northern Daycare Business Plans

Participation in Childcare Coalition of Manitoba Focus Groups and Steering Committees

Assistance to the Thompson Childcare Advisory Committee in applying for fundingto build a new facility

Preparation of the CVRD Inco (now Vale) Childcare Advisory Committee Feasibility Study

Preparation of new governance model for childcare in the North for the Childcare Coalition of Manitoba

Partnering with Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy to coordinate the Home Daycare Project

Assistance to UCN in developing the Early Childhood Education Level II Program

CFNCD was involved in the Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy (TUAS) Housing Project. CFNCD provided administrative support to the TUAS Building Project Ad-Hoc Committee, and partnered with a Construction Advisor (CJR Consulting) and Boge & Boge Architects to build an eight-unit affordable housing complex at 19 Fox Bay.

CFNCD has worked on a number of environment projects and continues to act as resource in Northern Manitoba. Past environment projects include:
preparing Scrap Metal Best Practices Manual, creating North Central Environment Newsletter, participating in the C4 Project (Fish Offal Composting Feasibility Study, Community Recycling Program, Community Greenhouses, coordinating One Tonne Challenge Program), and
assisting in preparing Thompson Recycling Centre Business Plan.

CFNCD coordinated the Junior Achievement in Northern Manitoba for 5 years. Thousands of youth throughout the north participated in entreprenurial workshops. Other youth initiatives have included:
setting up the Youth Business Start Program, participating with Make Education Work Program in Thompson, Cross Lake and Norway House,
participating with Families and Schools Together (FAST) and winter festival programs in School District of Mystery Lake, conducting Disability Awareness workshops across Northern Manitoba, and assisting with funding for 2009 Kidnetic Summer camp.

CFNCD, after being approached by a group of youth interested in low to zero cost recreational opportunities in the City of Thompson, coordinated a plan to build a permanent skatepark. CFNCD partnered with the City of Thompson, the business community and many community members to bring this concept to reality. Today, the skatepark is located on Weir Road next the Norplex Pool and is used by Thompson's youth throughout the spring/summer/fall.

Together with M.O. Harvey and Associates, Community Futures North Central Development (CFNCD) explored the idea of having workers from outlying communities commute to fill available jobs in Thompson in the trades and service industries.

This study was contracted by Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and was completed in July 2009.

CFNCD has assisted organizations by facilitating strategic planning sessions with the goal in mind of producing a strategic plan.

CFNCD was approached by a group of community volunteers who were working together (Rotary Park Development Association) to coordinate the construction of Thompson's first splash park in early 2012. CFNCD became a funding partner, applying for funding to support the concrete work portion of the project from the Province of Manitoba's Neighbourhoods Alive! program. Funding was awarded in the amount of $20,000. The Splash Pad was officially opened in July 2012 and CFNCD was pleased to be a small partner in a project that in the end provides a no-cost recreation opportunity to families in the north central region. Other funders involved include Vale, City of Thompson, Thompson Rotary Club, USW Local 6166, Thompson Elks, Manitoba Community Services Council and Community Places. On top of this, the volunteers involved in the Rotary Park Development Association fundraised over $60,000 via community events. The RPDA also indicates the project would not have been possible without the generosity of A&B Builders and Smook Contractors.

Northern Manitoba covers a vast geographical area.  Many of the communities in north central Manitoba are accessible only by rail several months of the year.  
Community Futures North Central Development was the liaison between the communities in the region and VIA Rail Canada (who operate the passenger trains) and Omnitrax Canada (who own and maintain the rail line).