An Investment in Economic Activity for the English-speaking Communities in Quebec

May 22, 2019 | Press Release

Huntingdon, QC – May 22, 2019 – Member of Parliament for Châteauguay – Lacolle, Brenda Shanahan, is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has allocated a contribution of $11.9 million to the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). This funding, provided through the Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities, will help the organization fulfill its mission to increase economic activity in Quebec’s English-speaking communities.

Defined as a global thinker and local actor, CEDEC is a trusted leader in exceptional collaborative and integrative action that helps Quebec’s English-speaking communities to unleash and leverage their creative potential by pioneering government, community and private sector collaboration. These mutually beneficial partnerships create forward-looking businesses, expand trade, future-proof jobs, up-skill workforces, and ensure that communities are resilient and have the opportunity to thrive.

The Enabling Fund aims to enhance the development and vitality of official language minority communities (OLMCs). These communities either consist of Francophones who reside outside of Quebec or English-speaking residents of Quebec. The Fund supports the economic and human resource development of OLMCs through the activities of national and regional organizations and by engaging community leaders and encouraging partnerships. As a result of these collaborative efforts, all Quebecers and Canadians benefit from the Government’s efforts to enhance economic activity in OLMCs.

The funding is provided under the 2019-2023 agreement between CEDEC and the Government of Canada. Over the next four years, the organization is committed to:

  • Build on collaborative actions to strengthen the economy in the English-speaking communities of Quebec, in collaboration with francophone communities of Quebec and outside of Quebec;
  • Encourage the development of new businesses and increase the capacity of business owners through coaching and training;
  • Better match the needs of employers with the education system and connect employers with the skilled workforce.

MP Brenda Shanahan made the announcement at CEDEC’s office in Huntingdon on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu.

“The Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities is a strategic investment that supports CEDEC to be a catalyst for innovation and a source of economic growth in Quebec and Canada,” says John Buck, President and CEO of CEDEC. “We appreciate this opportunity to generate real outcomes that benefit English-speaking communities in Quebec.”

“Reaching all parts of Quebec, CEDEC is equipped to do effective fieldwork and fulfill a fundamental mission for our society and our economy,” points out Brenda Shanahan, MP for Châteauguay-Lacolle. “CEDEC is a key partner for our government as we strive to create inclusive growth and provide everyone with a fair chance at success. Montérégie-Ouest has a large and vibrant English-speaking community and it can be pleased to be so well served by CEDEC.”

‘’The Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities program plays an important role in our federation,” adds Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. “It supports the economic development of these communities all across the country and stimulates bilingualism. Furthermore, it allows young Canadians to fulfill their aspirations.’’


Gabriel St-Hilaire
Director and Legislative Assistant
Office of MP Brenda Shanahan

Kirsten Hathaway
Communications Officer