MONTREAL, March 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In response to today's
announcement from Hon. James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages, on the renewal of the Roadmap for Canada's Official
Languages 2013-2018, CEDEC is pleased to share that it will be well
positioned to continue creating entrepreneurial communities and
strengthening the labour force.
"Today's announcement outlining the scope of the renewed Roadmap for
Canada's Official Languages sends an important signal that our efforts,
and those of our colleagues RDÉE Canada, to contribute to Canada's
prosperity through business development, job growth and community
economic development are recognized as achieving results," said John
Buck, Executive Director of CEDEC.
As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013, the
Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018 was confirmed as a
continued priority to strengthen Canada's economy through strategic
investments in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) of
During the 2008-2013 Roadmap CEDEC effectively supported communities to
innovate, thrive and become more resilient through the execution of
well-planned projects supported with meaningful partnerships. Small
businesses benefited as well from support through the CEDEC Small
Business Support Network (SBSN).
CEDEC SBSN is the only resource actively connecting English-speaking
small business owners across Quebec. CEDEC SBSN supports small
businesses by providing access to networking, professional development,
and personalized services enabling them to be more competitive in the
global economy. CEDEC is also positioned to support businesses to
navigate the language, legal, and jurisdiction opportunities that are
unique to Quebec in order to facilitate new economic development
initiatives and partnerships across Canada.
"In 2012, entrepreneurs represented only 10.2% of Quebec's population
compared to 17.5% in the rest of Canada. Clearly, there is still a lot
of work to do to support the development of small businesses in Quebec
and CEDEC will continue to focus on results based on the sustained
contributions available through the renewed Roadmap announced today,"
said Buck. "Partnerships are critical to our work, even more now as we
seek additional ways to leverage the resources available in the Roadmap
for Canada's Official Languages for 2013-2018, as well as those
announced in the Economic Action Plan 2013 last week."
Strong businesses also require a strong labour force. Quebec's highly
bilingual and multilingual labour force is a key opportunity yet to be
fully tapped. To ensure that Canada is competitive in a global economy,
CEDEC works with strategic partners to address labour force
opportunities and to identify the training, skills, and investments
required for workers' full participation and alignment with labour
On-going support for efforts such as these is essential if we are to
continue to make a positive impact on the development of an
entrepreneurial culture in Quebec for innovation, productivity,
economic growth and, ultimately, wealth creation,
CEDEC is a leading partner and driving force for community economic
development and employability. A volunteer-driven organization, CEDEC
sparks economic innovation in building forward-looking, prosperous and
confident communities across Quebec through sharing expertise,
knowledge and building partnerships.
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