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Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013

In June 2008, the Government of Canada released the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future (Roadmap). This Roadmap demonstrates the government’s commitment to promoting linguistic duality and to enhancing the vitality of official-language minority communities.  

Under the Roadmap, Industry Canada and the regional economic development agencies in Canada, including ACOA, are tasked with implementing the Economic Development Initiative (EDI). The initiative is designed to provide assistance to official languages minority groups across the country.  

ACOA is investing $6.2 million through the EDI to support business and economic development activities that encourage sustainable growth in Atlantic Canada's Francophone communities – the official language minority community in the region. 

A separate contribution of $10 million will be made to the Province of New Brunswick’s Population Growth Secretariat to fund programs that encourage Francophone immigration in the province.  

The EDI supports the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality, which aims to strengthen linguistic duality, reinforce Canada’s national identity and provide economic benefits for all Canadians. 

ACOA works closely with Acadian and Francophone businesses and groups across the Atlantic region to foster economic development. 

Should you have questions with regard to the Economic Development Initiative in Atlantic Canada, please communicate with us.

Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future Economic Development Initiative
Projects approved and funding committed as of 
January 29, 2013

Enterprise Network New Brunswick Inc. - ACOA Contribution $45,000
Project Description: To host “Rendez-vous Acadie-Quebec”, a forum to nurture partnershipsamong small francophone businesses in Atlantic Canada and Quebec

Commission du tourisme acadien du Canada atlantique - ACOA Contribution $380,000
Project Description: To develop the “Acadian Experience” concept in five tourism clusters in Atlantic Canada; an initiative to highlight Acadian culture.

Jeunesse Acadienne Ltée (PEI) - ACOA Contribution $150,000
Project Description: To strengthen the capacity of francophone youth in Atlantic Canada to become champions of community economic development in their respective provinces.

Traduction NB Translation Inc. - ACOA Contribution $910,000
Project Description: To coordinate and fund the translation of promotional materials of regional SMEs.

Commission du tourisme acadien du Canada atlantique - ACOA Contribution $475,000
Project Description: To engage tourism stakeholders in the development of five tourism clusters; to hire coordinators for each cluster.

La société de développement de la Baie acadienne inc. (Economic development group in PEI) - ACOA Contribution $150,000
Project Description: To implement a regional version of the PERCÉ program (Programme d'entrepreneurship régional, communautaire et économique).

Le Pays de la Sagouine Inc - ACOA Contribution $102,701
Project Description: To increase marketing and programming for Anglophones visitors to the tourism site

Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship - ACOA Contribution $30,208
Project Description: To provide bilingual financial analysis workshops to Acadian and Francophone communities.

NB Maple Syrup Association Inc - ACOA Contribution $295,000
Project Description: To increase marketing and training for the mainly francophone members of the industry.

Restigouche 1760 Inc - ACOA Contribution $70,000
Project Description: To enable commemorative activities for the 250th anniversary of the Battle of the Restigouche.

Université Ste-Anne - ACOA Contribution $320,813
Project Description: To develop the knowledge based economy in francophone communities of Atlantic Canada.

La compagnie Viola Légère Inc. - ACOA Contribution $300,000
Project Description: To development a theatre production in Caraquet,NB.

South East Community Economic Development Agency - ACOA Contribution $24,000
Project Description: To create an internet portal for the South east tourism attractions.

La Coopérative la Récolte de chez-nous - ACOA Contribution $30,000
Project Description: To develop marketing tools for the Southeast Agrotourism Industry.

Collège communautaire du N.-B. - ACOA Contribution $102,600
Project Description: To increase accessibility to various modules of the “M3i Supervision Program”.

Bureau du défenseur des enfants et de la jeunesse - ACOA Contribution $65,000
Project Description: To partner in an international Conference on Children’s Rights, emphasizing value of entrepreneurial activities.

Sentier de l’Étoile du N.-B. - ACOA Contribution $51,000
Project Description: To promote long term strategy for maintenance and operation of tourism trail.

Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador - ACOA Contribution $223,425 
Project Description: To extend broadcasting capabilities of RAFALE FM to francophone communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

CBDC Madawaska Inc. - ACOA Contribution $132,271
Project Description: Succession planning and networking initiative.

Town of Cape St-George - ACOA Contribution $17,774
Project Description: Development of signage for la Butte du Cape.

RDÉE IPÉ Inc. - ACOA Contribution $84,000
Project Description: Coordination and implementation of the 2011 edition of the PERCÉ program (Programme d'entrepreneurship régional, communautaire et économique).

Société nationale de l'Acadie - ACOA Contribution $61,218
Project Description: To create a web portal for the hosting of an international resource center for export and commercialization of the Acadian and francophone cultural industry in Atlantic Canada and for the benefit of international buyers.

Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle Écosse - ACOA Contribution $74,000
Project Description: Host the 2011 Celebrating Communities Conference and Awards.

Association de la presse francophone - ACOA Contribution $52,875
Project Description: Develop and implement a common marketing strategy for Francophone media in Atlantic Canada.

Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick - ACOA Contribution $45,000
Project Description: Host "Rendez-vous Acadie-Québec," a forum to nurture partnerships among small Francophone businesses in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles - ACOA Contribution $90,000
Project Description: Implement box office technology.

LearnSphere Canada Inc. - ACOA Contribution $384,651
Project Description: Build bilingual capacity in SMEs.

New Brunswick Professional Shellfish Growers Association - ACOA Contribution $27,500
Project Description: Implement industry standards and deliver training.

Cupids Legacy Inc. - ACOA Contribution $143,895
Project Description: Develop a translation application for smartphones to provide visitors to the Cupids Legacy Centre with information in French.

RDÉE Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador - ACOA Contribution $12,000
Project Description: Host the Bilingual Postsecondary and Career Fair for Francophones and French-immersion students.

Coopérative Radio Halifax Métro Ltée - ACOA Contribution $13,352
Project Description: Update computer equipment and develop new promotional tools.

Association régionale de la côte Ouest Inc. (Newfoundland and Labrador) - ACOA Contribution $33,187
Project Description: Digitize and upload a vast collection of Francophone interviews, songs, traditions, etc. from the Port-au-Port Peninsula.

LearnSphere Canada Inc. - ACOA Contribution $295,771
Project Description: Deliver training to improve capacity and governance in the Francophone not-for-profit sector.

Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse - ACOA Contribution $2,289
Project Description: Develop and launch a portal for Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone community.

CBDC Péninsule acadienne - ACOA Contribution $29,700
Project Description: Enhance business skills of Acadian Peninsula SMEs through the "Triomphe" project.

Société nationale de l'Acadie - ACOA Contribution $80,136
Project Description: Implement Phase 2 of a Web portal hosting an international resource centre for export and commercialization of the Acadian and Francophone cultural industry in Atlantic Canada for the benefit of both artists and international buyers.

21 INC - ACOA Contribution $25,000
Project Description: Advanced training program for 21 young leaders from each Atlantic provinces.

Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle Écosse - ACOA Contribution $127,305
Project Description: Adapt and administer diagnostic tools, followed by customized training on governance and human resources, for 16 Acadian and Francophone not-for-profit organizations in Nova Scotia.

La Société Promotion de Grand-Pré - ACOA Contribution $8,340
Project Description: Produce and distribute promotional vignettes.

Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration - ACOA Contribution $100,000
Project Description: Organize a Canada-wide forum on economic development in Francophone Canada.

Edmundston Region Chamber of Commerce - ACOA Contribution $50,000
Project Description: Contribute to the development of SME marketing capabilities through their website.

Municipality of Clare - ACOA Contribution $60,000
Project Description: Prepare an economic development plan.

Fédération culturelle acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse - ACOA Contribution $25,875
Project Description: Create a Web portal.

Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship - ACOA Contribution $49,685
Project Description: Business succession program for company presidents.

La Société éducative de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard - ACOA Contribution $87,450
Project Description: Develop and deliver a French-language welding curriculum for students in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Municipality of Argyle - ACOA Contribution $47,250
Project Description: Prepare an economic development plan.

L'Association des radios communautaires de l'Atlantique - ACOA Contribution $18,750
Project Description: Development and creation of a web portal for the Association and its members.

Total ACOA Contribution $5,904,746