Official Languages Economic Development Initiative

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions is responsible for implementing in Quebec the Official Languages Economic Development Initiative. The EDI is a component of the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018 and aims to foster the economic development of official language minority communities (OLMCs) through a range of activities including innovation, entrepreneurship, partnerships and economic diversification.

To find out about the eligibility criteria, the activities that may be supported or the financial assistance that may be provided, read the following information or download the leaflet for this initiative (PDF, 356 Kb).


Eligible clients

  • Small and medium-sized businesses in an RCM where the Anglophone population is greater than 5% and outside of metropolitan Montreal
  • Non-profit organizations in an RCM where the Anglophone population is greater than 500 residents

Non-eligible clients

  • Retail businesses

Main analysis criteria

Projects are analyzed based on specific criteria, including:

  • the economic benefits for an OLMC;
  • the project’s contribution to the achievement of the EDI’s objectives and expected outcomes;
  • alignment with the Agency’s mandate and priorities;
  • the incentive nature of the assistance and a demonstrated financial need for carrying out the project, given other existing funding sources;
  • the management ability of the project proponent;
  • the viability of the business or organization;
  • risk level;
  • impact on the competition;
  • availability of Agency funding.


Examples of activities

  • Strategy development (monitoring, quotes, studies, diagnostics, action plans)
  • Networking and business contacts (usually for entrepreneurship support organizations)
  • Information services, consulting services and coaching
  • Implementing a marketing strategy
  • Developing new products and services
  • Technology transfer to businesses (e.g. integrating a new technology)
  • Business incubation (support for the incubator, not the one being incubated)
  • Intellectual property (acquiring patents, licences)
  • Certification activities (accreditation and licensing, eco-certification, traceability)
  • Acquisition of equipment, computer tools and technologies
  • Facility development, construction, modernization or expansion
  • Pre-marketing activities (prototype development, proof of concept, demonstration, technology showcasing)
  • Recruiting or using specialized resources (to promote official languages in the francophone environment of Quebec’s business community)

Financial assistance

Types of assistance

  • Repayable contribution
  • Non-repayable contribution

Rate of assistance

  • Up to 90% of the authorized costs for an NPO
  • 50% of the authorized costs for an SME

Submitting a project

Do you wish to submit a project? For information on project submission and funding application procedures, consult the project submission guide and contact an advisor from the business office in your region.

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