Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future

Economic Development Initiative (EDI)

The Economic Development Initiative (EDI) supports the Government of Canada’s official languages strategy, Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future, and its mandate to ensure the vitality of English and French in Canada by focusing on three key pillars: strengthening our communities, strengthening access to services, and promoting a bilingual Canada.

Through the EDI, ACOA will provide funding to help support, strengthen and diversify the economic base of Atlantic Canada’s Francophone communities, which are the official language minority community – or OLMC – in the region.

Who can apply?

Non-profit organizations such as:

  • Business and economic development associations (certificate of incorporation required)
  • Provincial Crown Corporations
  • Universities
  • Educational institutions
  • Municipalities and their agencies
  • Business or technology institutes.

What qualifies for EDI funding?

  • Specialized services such as planning, business information, business counselling and advice, testing services, research and development services
  • Tourism development
  • Innovation
  • Productivity improvement
  • Market and trade development, and
  • Support for francophone immigration.

How much assistance is available?

ACOA will be delivering $1.1 million per year in EDI funding to help support sustainable growth, business and economic development in Atlantic Canada’s Francophone communities.

What criteria must be met?

Projects will be selected on the basis of readiness, funds leveraged, and their potential contribution to the economic sustainability and development of the OLMCs. Successful projects must help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow and become more competitive, while also diversifying the economic base of OLMCs. Applicants are required to leverage a minimum of 25 per cent of funding from other sources.

How much time will it take to process my application?

ACOA is committed to providing you with excellent service that meets your needs. Learn more about our service standards.

More information

Please contact your nearest ACOA office for additional details about available EDI funding, eligibility, project criteria and how to apply. 

See projects approved under the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018.