Past 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:

  • Thompson
  • The Incorporated Community of Cross Lake
  • Gillam
  • Nelson House
  • Wabowden
  • Pikwitonei 

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 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,
  • crating 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.

For more information on any of CFNCD's Past Successes, call 204-677-1490, (toll free) 1-888-847-7878 or email

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