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Community Economic Development

Projects and Initiatives

Building on existing programs and creating new opportunities for community economic development is important to our region. Through targeted projects and initiatives, we strive to enhance the economic wellness and sustainability of our region to improve the lives of our residents and create strong and diverse communities.

Our endeavors focus on unique prospects and challenges, business opportunities in the region, and overcoming any issues that arise. We take a proactive approach to helping business and entrepreneurs, while also helping our communities be the best place to work, live and play.


Regional Relief & Recovery Fund Assessment 2022

The Government of Canada and Community Futures organizations understand the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has caused for small businesses. In response, the Government made funds available to Community Futures to provide support and assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises through the rural stream of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

Business Visitation Projects

CFWY staff visit businesses in the West Yellowhead region twice a year, usually in the Spring and Fall.  The purpose of these business walks is to visit local businesses and have a casual conversation about the local economy with business owners. 

Energy Transition and Economic Diversification

Our team is working to support regional diversification with a focus on emerging industries and tourism through the development and advancement of entrepreneurship and self-employment opportunities within the region.  


The goal of the #ChooseWestYellowhead initiative is to be a backbone for promoting tourism, business retention, and expansion opportunities within our own backyard.

Local Food Initiative Project

The Yellowhead Local Food Initiative Project is a partnership project between CFWY and Yellowhead County. The project assists County food processors and producers in discovering new ways to sell their products to local residents. 

Digital Economy Program

The Digital Economy Program (DEP) is designed to help small businesses in Alberta undergo digital transformations and adopt eCommerce practices.

Your clients are online.  Are you?

Regional Business Directories

2016 Socio-Economic Profile Report

This report has been developed for Western Economic Diversification Canada to provide key information on Community Future (CF) service areas across Western Canada.

Edson Beautification Project

In 2014/2015, CFWY took part in the Edson Beautification Committee, chaired by the Edson and District Chamber of Commerce. CFWY compiled and analyzed the results for the survey. For more information on the Edson Beautification Committee, please contact the Edson and District Chamber of Commerce

We Help With Rural Economic Diversification

Rural Economic Diversification is the core of what we do. We work alongside community leaders and other key stakeholders to create Community Economic Development plans and implement projects that support value-added activity and expansion into new sectors.

We take the pulse of our business community and provide guidance on business retention and succession planning strategies.


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Contact Us

221 Pembina Ave.
Hinton, AB  T7V 2B3
P: 780-865-1224


Communities Served

Bickerdike, Big Eddy, Brule, Bryan Spur, Cadomin, Carrot Creek, Coal Valley, Dalehurst, Diss, Edson, Eirth, Embarras, Entrance, Evansburg, Galloway, Grande Cache, Grey, Hanlon, Hargwen, Hinton, Holloway East, Holloway West, Hornbeck, Jasper, Leadman, Leyland, Luscar, MacKay, Marlboro, Medicine Lodge, Mercoal, Mountain Park, Niton Junction, Nojack, Pedley, Peers, Pocahontas, Robb, Shaw Fidler, Solomon, Steeper, Sterco, Swan Landing, Thordarson, Wild Hay, Wildwood, Winniandy North, Winniandy South, Wolf Creek, and Yates