sidit success story

Salmon Arm Economic Development Society $25,000 Grant

From Grant Recipient:

SIDIT funding was instrumental to the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society in helping launch the Salmon Arm Innovation Centre. The centre includes three components: the Shuswap Makerspace, coworking offices, and a business accelerator program. The facility is now in full operation and scaling up to meet the demands of the local community.

The Salmon Arm Innovation Centre is near full tenancy and has hosted several events and workshops for local youth and entrepreneurs. The building serves as a colourful hub in downtown Salmon Arm, and has connected its programming with a number of other community service providers.

The Shuswap Makerspace teaches curious minds in a variety of tech disciplines, including woodworking, metal turning, robotics, 3D printing, electronics and virtual reality. Introductory workshops have led to increased membership and use of the space and equipment is starting to see regular use. Most recently, the South Canoe Outdoor Learning School built 50 birdhouses in the Shuswap Makerspace, which will be placed throughout the local community in spring time by the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society. For More information, please visit our newly created website at