CCEDNet members the Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE Canada) and the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) presented the Framework for Canada’s first Plan for Economic Development of Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) last week. The plan was officially released on February 4, 2015 in Ottawa, in the presence 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.
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.
For more information about the Canadian Plan for Economic Development of Official Language Minority Communities, visit www.inbusinesstogether.ca