Framework of Canada’s First Plan for Economic Development of Official Language Minority Communities Launched

Framework of Canada’s First Plan for Economic Development of Official Language Minority Communities Launched

Press Release

OTTAWA, February 4, 2015 – The Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE Canada) and the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) are pleased to present the Framework for Canada’s first Plan for Economic Development of Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs).

This plan was officially released on February 4, 2015 in Ottawa, in the presence of Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture), the Honourable Maxime Bernier.

Small and medium businesses across Canada have the unprecedented opportunity to develop new business partnerships and to facilitate inter-provincial trade within Canada and beyond thanks to the first Canadian Plan for Economic Development of OLMCs.

Based on input from stakeholders across Canada and evidence assembled through rigorous research, this plan is designed to be a catalyst for businesses to reach new markets, opportunities and partnerships. Supported by the Network for Economic Action, a new Federal government and economic stakeholder joint initiative, this plan will inspire action that will generate important opportunities for jobs, growth, and prosperity for all Canadians.

“Official language minority communities are integral to Canada’s economic development because Canada’s entrepreneurs are diverse and play a key role in every city and community across Canada,” said Minister of State Bernier. “Our government continues to maintain the right environment for businesses to start, grow and expand their businesses.”

“A cross-Canada consultation took place in February 2014 among heads of enterprises, entrepreneurs in the private sector and co-operatives, employers, administrators, managers of economic development organizations, representatives of community organizations and all levels of government,” explained Denis Laframboise, Chair of RDÉE Canada’s Board of Directors. “The review of data has allowed us to develop a plan that will ensure multisectoral effectiveness and the economic growth of the country, through, in part, the work carried-out in the OLMCs.”

John Gancz, Chair of CEDEC, asserts that the economic vitality of Canada’s official language minority communities is important to everyone and that the high rate of bilingualism among members of Canada’s OLMCs is an immense asset. “Our hope for this plan is that it will engage stakeholders both within and beyond Canada’s OLMCs, to create a synergy for new types of economic partnerships and stimulate new business opportunities that will strengthen our communities and benefit all Canadians,” concluded Gancz.

The leader of economic development of francophone and Acadian communities in Canada, RDÉE Canada and its members, as well as CEDEC, a leader for community economic development and employability in Quebec, support small and medium businesses to stimulate their growth and help them seize emerging economic development opportunities.

For more information about the Canadian Plan for Economic Development of Official Language Minority Communities, visit www.inbusinesstogether.ca or www.enaffairesensemble.ca

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