Economic Development

Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Initiatives GO Centre

Whether you are a farmer, business owner, budding entrepreneur or community leader, the staff at the Roblin Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) GO Centre will provide you with a wide variety of expert, objective information and resources on agriculture, business and community development and value-added initiatives. MAFRI has moved from an agriculture-only mandate to one that includes food and rural initiatives and works towards the goal of creating vibrant and sustainable rural communities. Local, national and global changes in the agri-food sector have called for a new way of sustaining rural and agricultural communities. The department has equipped itself with the tools necessary to help clients embrace new opportunities in primary production, business development, value-added processing, agri-energy, agri-forestry, agri-fibre and agri-tourism.

MAFRI can provide you with information on:

  • Developing, expanding or diversifying your business
  • Farm production advice
  • Value-added or agri-food business start-ups
  • Community development and youth programming

... and that is just the beginning

Visit our website for more information on our expanded programs and services at or contact the Roblin MAFRI office at 937-6460.

The following is a list of our staff with contact information.

Annette Allen, B.S.A.
Business Development Specialist
Food and Agri-Product Processing Branch
Manitoba Agriculture
Box 970
Roblin, MB R0L 1P0
(204)937-3608 (Fax)
Email Contact: Annette Allen

Elizabeth Nernberg
Farm Production Extension Livestock Specialist
(204)937-3608 (Fax)
Email Contact: Elizabeth Nernberg

1. Jack Keown
2. Kevin Craig

PCDF - Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation
1. James Frey - Diversification Specialist
Email Contact: James Frey

2. Haider Abbas - Diversification Technician
Email Contact: Haider Abbas

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Location: 117-2nd Avenue N.W., Roblin
Mailing Address: Box 970, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0
Phone: (204) 937-6460
Fax: (204) 937-3608
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Parkland Community Futures

Phone: (204) 937-3437

Roblin & District Community Development Corporation

The Roblin & District Community Development Corporation (CDC) manages the Community Works Loan Program.

The Community Works Loan Program(CWLP) is a municipally funded investment tool that operates as a revolving loan pool accessible to the community in the form of business loans for start-ups and expansions that will create jobs. In addition to the opportunity that the CWLP provides to entrepreneurs, the engagement of community leaders who become directly involved in mentoring and assessing the funding of small business ventures in our community is equally sought.

If you are starting or expanding your own business you may be able to receive a loan of up to $10,000 from the CDC. The loan can be used to purchase capital assets (which may include inventory), or to develop the business, but not to repay existing debt or equity, wages or normal operating expenses. In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria; (1) the owner must be 18 years of age; (2) the business must be located within the CDC's area of operation; (3) the business must generate less than $250,000 annually; (4) the business must not be engaged in primary production.

Application forms can be picked up at the EDO office. Once the application is complete, the CDC board will determine if the loan is approved.

Contact: Ben Brodeur, Secretary/Treasurer
Location: 125 1st Avenue NW, Roblin
Mailing Address: Box 1512, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0
Phone: (204)937-8333 ext224

Roblin Development Office

The Roblin Economic Development Office aims to stimulate sustainable economic growth in our community. We offer funding opportunities and assistance to business owners and entrepreneurs for start-ups, expansion management and succession planning. We seek to procure commercial and industrial investment in our community through the promotion of viable opportunities. Our office provides support and guidance for projects and initiatives that enhance the sustainability and prosperity of our economy.

The mandates of the Economic Development Office are:

  • To act as an advisor to the sponsoring municipal councils on the economic conditions with the community and region.
  • To assist with the development of business start-ups, growth and succession planning.
  • To cultivate and encourage relationships with local service providers and volunteer groups that stimulate and build capacity for sustainable economic development.
  • To facilitate, guide and partner in projects and initiatives that purposefully aim towards sustainable economic growth.
  • To explore and promote viable economic investment opportunities.

Contact: Ben Brodeur
Location: 125 - 1st Avenue NW, Roblin
Mailing Address: Box 352, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0
Phone: (204)937-8333 ext224