Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Strengthen my Community

Looking to Strengthen your Community?

Some of the resources available to help communities across Atlantic Canada on their path to success include:

  • The Building Canada Fund-Community Component supports municipal infrastructure projects on a cost shared basis, particularly in smaller communities. It focuses on improving local environments, economies and quality of life.
  • Canada Business provides information about the full range of Government of Canada programs and services.
  • The Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) help entrepreneurs access capital for the creation or expansion of small businesses in Atlantic Canada’s rural communities. The CBDCs focus on youth, first-time entrepreneurs and innovation, and provide small businesses advice and assistance to help strengthen their overall management, marketing and planning skills.
  • The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) supports the improvement of existing community infrastructure facilities and also provides economic benefits, including job creation, to communities across Canada.
  • The Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) invests in strategic projects that diversify and enhance the economies of Atlantic communities by capitalizing on the opportunities and strengths that exist in these communities. The ICF focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in rural communities. 
  • ACOA is responsible for implementing the Government of Canada’s Economic Development Initiative, part of the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality, which looks to promote linguistic duality and the vitality of Official Languages Minority Communities (OLMCs). 
  • Through its business and community development programs and services, ACOA works with Aboriginals and First Nations Communities to ensure they remain active participants in the Atlantic economy and to develop local capacity.

To find out more about how ACOA can help you strengthen your community, click on the links above, or contact us today.