JUNE 2023

Feature article:


Baie-Comeau’s Collaborative public, private, and civil society Economic Development Venture leveraged the growing number of cruise ship visits and the availability of bilingual talent in the region to, (a) create 14 new bilingual guide jobs in the local economy and (b) collaborate with workforce development service providers to also upskill three existing talents. Nineteen cruise ships are confirmed to dock in Baie-Comeau in 2023 with an estimated 12,000 visitors and the first guided tours began on May 24, 2023.


  • Collaborative effort to increase local tourism in Stanstead.
  • EmployESBC achieves three new job matches and plans for more.
  • New innovative tourism products generated by Lower North Shore-Labrador Venture.
  • CEDEC leads discussion on rural and remote workforce challenges and opportunities.
  • CEDEC participates in PPF Canada Growth Summit to better understand the emerging issues shaping Canada’s economy.
  • CEDEC stresses importance of coordinated federal investments.
  • Industry news and events.
Past editions
    • Campaign to Have Economic Development and Labour Market Development Recognized as Pillar of OLMC Vitality Moving Forward
    • MP Shanahan Discusses Economic & Labour Market Development with CEDEC
    • North Shore Community Association Helps Recruit Bilingual Tourism Guides
    • Summerlicious Events to Boost Tourism in Stanstead
    • Interprovincial LNS-Labrador Tourism Venture Showcased at Coasters’ AGM
    • EmployESBC Spotlights Benefits of Working at the Laurentian Bank
    • Economic & Labour Market Development Opportunities and Events
    • Mark Your Agenda and Take Action
    • Economic collaboration and concerns focus of initial meeting with Pontiac MP
    • Discussions with the federal MP for Pontiac.
    • Economic and labour market development are essential to the vitality of the ESCQ.
    • Following through on CEDEC’s pre-2023 budget advice to the Quebec Government.
    • Updates on Collaborative Economic Development Ventures on the Lower North Shore, Stanstead, and with the English-speaking Black Community of Montreal.
    • CEDEC’s ongoing work to identify future Collaborative Economic Development and Labour Market Development Opportunities.
    • Insights from Canada 360° Economic Summit and the Coalition for a Better Future.
    • Economic development events, networking and supports.
    • Inclusive & collaborative development stressed at pre-budget consultation
    • CEDEC congratulates RDÉE Canada on economic and labour market development white paper
    • EmployESBC thanks Afro Youth Summit for ongoing support & encouragement
    • Connectez-vous Québec – Quebec Connect talent matching featured in Quebec Chronicle Telegraph
    • EmployESBC working hard to increase bank of black talent
    • EmployESBC to spotlight working at CIBC
    • Appointment of Social Innovation Advisory Council, with Michael Toye as Chair
    • Collaboration to increase tourist traffic and revenues across shared tourism space between Lower North Shore (QC) and Labrador (NFLD)
    • EmployESBC Venture Employer Spotlights
    • Recruitment Rendez-vous
    • International Experience Canada program
    • Official launch of Canadian Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) in Quebec
    • Launch of Hats Off to You! contest
    • Attention women entrepreneurs: Strikeup Canada is back
    • OECD webinar: Productivity and resilience in regions and cities
    • Call for emerging rural researchers & new rural research initiatives

Collaboration to increase tourist traffic and revenues across shared tourism space between Lower North Shore (Quebec) and Labrador (Newfoundland)

    • Public, private, civil society sector partners collaborate to place talent from English-speaking Black community in available jobs.
      Exploring how to leverage Stanstead’s tourism assets and advantages
    • CEDEC at the northern directions conference
    • CEDEC featured in ISED’s fall newsletter
    • EmployESBC – Matching talent with forward-looking employers
    • Recruitment rendez-vous
    • CEDEC stresses importance of collaborative economic development at the senate
    • Innovating to match English and bilingual job seekers with Quebec city employers
    • Global Affairs Canada consultation on official languages
    • RDÉE Canada National Summit on Francophone minority economies
    • EmployESBC – Matching talent and forward-looking employers
    • Government of Canada invests in the recovery of Quebec’s agri-tourism sector
    • Small business week – Oct. 16-22
    • Helpful resources: OMETZ Access 45+