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Foster official languages

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions is responsible for implementing the Official Languages Economic Development Initiative in Quebec. The EDI aims to foster the economic development of official language minority communities (OLMCs) through a range of activities, including innovation, entrepreneurship, partnerships and economic diversification.

Here are examples of eligible clients, types of activities that can be supported and the financial assistance that can be provided.

Eligibity

Examples of eligible clients

  • Small and medium-sized businesses in an RCM where the anglophone population is greater than 5% and outside of metropolitan Montréal
  • Non-profit organizations in an RCM where the anglophone population is greater than 500 residents

Examples of non-eligible clients

  • Retail businesses, e.g. clothing stores, grocery stores and automobile maintenance and sales
  • Food services, e.g. restaurants, cafés
  • Transportation services
  • Housing construction
  • Daycare services
  • Hair and beauty salons
  • Nightclubs, bars, cabarets

If you are among the non-eligible clients, we invite you to consult our network of partners that may be able to help you.

Main analysis criteria

Projects are analyzed based on specific criteria, including:

  • economic benefits for an OLMC;
  • the project’s contribution to the achievement of the EDI’s objectives and expected outcomes;
  • alignment with CED’s mandate and priorities;
  • the incentive nature of the assistance and a demonstrated financial need for carrying out the project, given other existing funding sources;
  • management capacity of the project proponent;
  • viability of the business or organization;
  • risk level;
  • impact on the competition;
  • availability of CED funding.

Activities that can be supported

Examples of activities

  • Strategy development (monitoring, quotes, studies, diagnostics, action plans)
  • Networking and business contacts (usually for entrepreneurship support organizations)
  • Information services, consulting services and coaching
  • Implementing a marketing strategy
  • Developing new products and services
  • Technology transfer to businesses (e.g. integrating a new technology)
  • Business incubation (support for the incubator, not the one being incubated)
  • Intellectual property (acquiring patents, licences)
  • Certification activities (accreditation and licensing, eco-certification, traceability)
  • Acquisition of equipment, computer tools and technologies
  • Facility development, construction, modernization or expansion
  • Pre-marketing activities (prototype development, proof of concept, demonstration, technology showcasing)
  • Recruiting or using specialized resources (to promote official languages in the francophone environment of Quebec’s business community)

Financial assistance

Types of assistance

  • Repayable contribution
  • Non-repayable contribution for non-profit projects

Rate of assistance

  • Up to 90% of the authorized costs for an NPOs
  • 50% of the authorized costs for an SME
 

Submitting a project

Consult the project submission guide to find out how to submit a project and apply for financial assistance.

To find out whether this type of project is targeted in your region, contact an advisor from your business office. The advisor will be able to inform and advise you or guide you in delivering your project, while considering the action priorities in your region and the availability of CED funding.

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