Minister Vandal announces federal investment supporting innovation and business growth in MB.
Manitoba is home to a dynamic and diversified economy, full of skilled workers and entrepreneurs. The Government of Canada is taking more steps to ensure Manitoba is a place for industry to grow and enterprises to thrive, resulting in good jobs for Canadian workers.
At the home of the future New Media Manitoba StudioLab xR in Winnipeg, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, announced over $22.7 million in federal funding for 16 projects across the province as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Through the Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) program, the Government of Canada makes targeted investments in not-for-profit organizations that support businesses in priority sectors to innovate, grow and compete globally.
NMM’s StudioLab-xR.com is one of four Manitoba RIE recipients receiving funding through PrairiesCan and is grateful for the $2,030,000 to establish a virtual production studio and interactive digital media cluster.
“Our investment today will support both Manitoba’s economy and businesses helping to continue to make Manitoba a great place to invest, do business and create good jobs people can count on. Our partnership with Manitoba businesses will help them in acquiring the tools, capital and support they need to thrive as significant contributors to the Prairie and Canadian economies.”
–The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan
“Innovation in the interactive digital media industry is driven by big ideas, the newest technologies and talented professionals. However, with the rate of change moving faster than ever, preparing a modern workforce with the right skills is an ongoing challenge. The StudioLab xR facility is designed from the ground up to provide solutions to these challenges. By providing certified expertise, industry-leading tools, and a space to learn, explore and create, we can ensure that Manitobans are ready for jobs of the future.”
–Louie Ghiz, Executive Director at NMM