The Government of Canada continues to leverage the marine sector by awarding $600,000 in funding to the Bas-Saint-Laurent organization
RIMOUSKI, QC, March 12, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
Technopole maritime du Québec (TMQ) is a highly innovative non-profit organization based in Rimouski. The organization has received a $600,000 non-repayable contribution from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions to foster marine sector development and innovation.
The funding was announced today by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. The Government of Canada assistance will enable the organization to pursue its activities over the next three years and, in doing so, further the development of the marine science / marine technology and biotechnology industrial cluster in Quebec.
Founded in 2000, TMQ has become a key link in the marine sector in Quebec and Canada. Its mission is to bring together and engage Quebec marine sector stakeholders around shared objectives in order to create an environment that fosters the development of businesses and organizations, helps bridge the gap between industry and research, and ensures their national and international visibility.
The Government of Canada is committed to establishing close partnerships with Quebec businesses and the organizations that support them with a view to promoting innovation, fostering productivity and competitiveness, and contributing to the economic vitality of the regions, the creation of good-quality jobs and the improvement of citizens' quality of life.
"I am proud that our Government is supporting an organization such as Technopole maritime du Québec, which specializes in generating interactions, growth and innovation in the marine sector. Its role as a catalyst not only allows the marine sector to develop, but also ensures the international visibility of a number of research centres and SMEs, both from the region and from all across Quebec."
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
"In keeping with our commitment to foster the growth of the Canadian economy, the Government of Canada set up the Ocean Supercluster in 2018. I am proud that CED is supporting this flagship organization in Quebec's marine science and technology sector. In its role as a provincial marine cluster, Technopole maritime du Québec directly contributes to the development of this sector across the country."
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED
"Thanks to CED's historic support for our organization, Technopole maritime du Québec (TMQ) has been able to expand its actions and its network provincially, nationally and internationally. With 60 members and countless partners, TMQ is now more than ever committed to engaging and stimulating economic growth in Quebec's innovative maritime sectors."
Marc Gagnon, Chairman, Technopole maritime du Québec
- Today's announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio, which is made up of 17 federal departments and agencies, including CED and the other five regional development agencies.
- The funding comes from CED's Quebec Economic Development Program. To find out more about CED and its priorities, see the 2018–2019 Departmental Plan or visit www.dec‑ced.gc.ca.
- The Ocean Supercluster will harness emerging technologies to strengthen Canada's ocean industries—industries like marine renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, defence, shipbuilding, and transportation.
- For 50 years now, the Government of Canada has been actively involved in regional economic development in Quebec: half a century of concrete action targeting the growth of Quebec's regions and businesses.
SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
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