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Info Source: Sources of federal government and employee information

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

General information

Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with the relevant information needed to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction to Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

According to its enabling act, which came into force on October 5, 2005, the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec’s (the Agency) mission is to promote long-term economic development in the regions of Quebec. The Agency is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. For further information about the Agency, consult its history.

Responsibilities

The Agency’s mandate is to promote the start-up and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organizations. It helps them become more competitive, innovative and productive. At the same time, the Agency contributes to the dynamism of all Quebec regions by paying special attention to communities posting slow economic growth.

Through its business offices and advisors, the Agency has a presence that is well rooted in all Quebec regions. It has dealings with businesses, primarily small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as non-profit organizations. It is mainly through its financial support for the completion of projects that the Agency is able to support them in their development approach.

In 2010, the Agency carried out a strategic review, launching a comprehensive, rigorous exercise that looked to the future. The Agency has updated its regional economic development vision to ensure greater consistency with government priorities, while continuing to meet the challenges facing Quebec’s businesses and regions.

In addition to its Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP), the Agency contributes to the design and implementation of national temporary, targeted projects.

Institutional functions, programs and activities

Business development

This program activity (PA) is designed to support the development of enterprises throughout their life cycle so as to enhance Quebec’s economic growth. Enterprises are recognized as generating a major share of economic activity and job creation. The Agency therefore helps to renew Quebec’s business pool by supporting the emergence of new businesses and the next generation of entrepreneurs. Its aim is also to enhance the competitiveness of existing businesses and help to ensure their survival by improving their performance through the development of production, innovation, commercialization, export and structural capacities. In this PA, the Agency targets mainly enterprises either directly or through organizations serving businesses and entrepreneurs. The Agency promotes the development of enterprises through a grants and contributions program.

Regional economic development

This program activity (PA) is designed to support economic development of the regions to ensure growth of their economy. The regions of Quebec are not homogeneous and have differing circumstances, with issues, challenges and strengths particular to their region. The regions generate prosperity, and their participation in the economy is essential for Quebec’s economic growth. The Agency supports the strengthening of their economic base by encouraging community engagement in economic development and stimulating investment in all regions of Quebec. This PA has two objectives: to engage the regions and to contribute to investment in the regions. In this PA, the Agency targets mainly organizations or enterprises. The Agency supports regional development through a grants and contributions program.

Strengthening community economies

In addition to its regular programs, the Agency is called upon to develop, administer and implement national programs or temporary, targeted initiatives intended to strengthen community economies and increase Quebec’s economic growth. The Agency supports the economic development of rural communities and ensures the sound and effective management of infrastructure programs in Quebec. The Agency also supports economic activity in Quebec communities experiencing economic shocks or where there are major economic development issues or promising opportunities for development. This program activity (PA) is directed at businesses and organizations. In this PA, the Agency receives dedicated, temporary supplementary funding from the Government of Canada, through the Agency’s own special allocations or the Community Futures Program (CFP).

Internal services

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups include management and oversight services; communications services; legal services; human resources management services; financial management services; information management services; information technology services; asset management services; materiel management services; acquisition services; and travel and other administrative services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not those provided specifically to a program.

Acquisitions Services

Acquisition Services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service in response to a request that has been duly submitted (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available), and this, until entering into or amending a contract.

Communications Services

Communications Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public—internal or external—receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

Financial Management Services

Financial Management Services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, CED vision support and advice, and financial systems.

Human Resources Management Services

Human Resources Management Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate mitigation measures. They ensure that federal government service operations and programs comply with applicable acts, regulations, policies, and plans.

Information Management Services

Information Management Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed CED vision making; facilitate accountability, transparency, and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity and to enhance services to the public.

Legal Services

Legal Services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

Management and Oversight Services

Management and Oversight Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate mitigation measures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable acts, regulations, policies and plans.

Materiel Services

Materiel Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Travel and Other Administrative Services

Travel and Other Administrative Services include Government of Canada travel services as well as other internal services that do not correspond to any of the other internal services categories.

Manuals

Additional information

For information on how to make a request under the Access to Information Act or Privacy Act, please consult the Agency's Access to Information and Privacy web page. To search the summaries of completed Access to Information requests, please consult the Completed Access to Information Requests page of the Open Government Website. If you find a summary of interest, you can request a copy of the records at no cost.

The Agency conducts Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) to ensure that privacy implications will be appropriately identified, assessed and resolved before a new or substantially modified program or activity involving personal information is implemented.

Reading room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, the applicant may wish to review material in person. The address is:

800 René-Lévesque West BLVD., Suite 500
Montréal, Quebec H3B 1X9

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