Canada supports Francophone organizations to create jobs and accelerate growth and recovery efforts
June 3, 2021 – Earlton, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor
As COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted across Canada, communities and businesses are stepping up efforts to rebuild and grow their economies. Through regional development agencies such as FedNor, the Government of Canada is increasing its investments in sectors hit hard by the pandemic, with an emphasis on capacity development, new skills and innovation.
Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced a Government of Canada investment of nearly $ 675,000 to create jobs and maximize economic opportunities in the Francophone communities of Northeastern Ontario.
Delivered through FedNor’s Economic Development Initiative (EDI) and Northern Ontario Development Program, the investments will create and protect 22 jobs by improving tourism and supporting organizations, entrepreneurs, businesses. and francophone communities. Organizations that will benefit from this funding include the Temiskaming Community Foundation, ARTEM Cultural Center, Grandes Rivières District Catholic School Board and ACFO-Témiskaming.
Today’s announcement is further proof of the Government of Canada’s commitment to businesses and organizations in official language minority communities (OLMCs) – helping them overcome the challenges of COVID-19 in order to that they can grow and prosper. Initiatives like these will help put Canadians back to work and ensure that Francophone businesses and OLMCs can play a major role in Canada’s economic recovery.
“Official language minority communities are an integral part of the social, cultural and economic fabric of our country. By supporting Francophone businesses, municipalities and organizations in their efforts to develop, grow and diversify the economy, we are helping to strengthen Canada’s identity as a rich and diverse nation founded on values of respect. , equality and empowerment. We work with you.
– The Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor
“Through FedNor, our government is working directly with communities, businesses and organizations to accelerate recovery efforts and pave the way for sustainable growth throughout Northeastern Ontario. These investments will create and protect 22 jobs, while supporting a strong and inclusive recovery in the region’s Francophone communities.
– Marc G. Serré, MP for Nickel Belt
“Canada’s rich Francophone heritage plays an important role in strengthening and diversifying our regional economy. The funding announced today will support more than 80 start-ups, encourage entrepreneurship and improve tourism, while helping to maximize the social and economic opportunities made possible through linguistic duality.
– The Honorable Anthony Rota, MP, Nipissing-Timiskaming
“We are pleased that FedNor’s support allows us to create a modern and inclusive business and community center here in Earlton. This priority project will be a game changer for local producers, entrepreneurs and small businesses across the region.
– Pierre Bélanger, President, Témiscamingue Community Foundation
“We are proud to partner with FedNor to improve the social and economic vitality of our region by creating opportunities for Francophones and entrepreneurs who live, work or settle in Northeastern Ontario. This exciting initiative will allow us to help more than 80 small businesses, create seven full-time jobs and give tourists 100 more reasons to visit our region.
– Réjeanne Belisle-Massie, President, ARTEM Cultural Center
Funding announced today is provided by FedNor’s programs, which support projects that promote the sustainable economic development of communities, improve the development and growth of businesses and facilitate innovation.
These investments support the Government of Canada Action Plan for Official Languages - 2018-2023: Investing in our future. The Action Plan is a broad vision of a strong Canadian Francophonie, dynamic English-speaking communities in Quebec and a bilingualism that encourages exchanges and recognizes our English and French linguistic heritage.