The need to broaden and diversify the economic base in Thompson and surrounding region is a long-standing priority. Economic volatility in recent years coupled with the November 2010 announcement that Vale will transition its operations in Thompson to mining and milling by 2015, have underlined the need for the City, the region and community partners to tackle this issue head on. The Thompson Economic Diversification Working Group (TEDWG) was formed to spearhead this effort. SvN, working with affiliate firm rePlan, facilitated the TEDWG process with the goal of accelerating Thompson’s development as a regional service centre for northern Manitoba with a strong mining pillar.
SvN and rePlan worked with stakeholders to identify two streams of work that will help Thompson diversify its economy and strengthen its position as an economic contributor to northern Manitoba. A new regulatory framework, including an updated Development Plan and Zoning By-law; a Sustainable Asset Management Framework; and the Thompson and Region Infrastructure Plan address growth management and infrastructure development. Action Plans in the areas of Restorative Justice; Education and Training; Housing; Local and Regional Identity; and Economic Development provide strategic direction on specific initiatives.
The Thompson Economic Diversification Plan summarizes each of the Action Plans and Regulatory Framework documents undertaken through the TEDWG process. When taken together, these individual plans form a comprehensive framework for sustainable economic diversification, development and growth in the Thompson Region. All plans are available here.
The TEDWG was chaired by the City of Thompson, and includes representatives from Vale, the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Okimakanak Keewatinowi (MKO), Keewatin Tribal Council (KTC), Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), Northern Association of Community Councils (NACC), Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN), Thompson Unlimited and the Thompson Chamber of Commerce.