The Government of Canada has adopted an ambitious plan to support innovation and entrepreneurial drive through concrete initiatives to generate growth that benefits businesses and communities. The vitality of Quebec’s economy depends on the strength of the province’s industries and the specific characteristics of each of its regions.
This is why, in the presence of economic stakeholders and partners from all levels of government, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), accompanied by the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, introduced the Federal Strategy on Innovation and Growth for the Quebec regions.
CED is targeting four key priorities that were presented today and will form the pillars of this new Strategy. As an example, eight new projects targeting those new priorities were unveiled today. The financial support for these projects has been awarded through the Quebec Economic Development Program.
Innovation and Clean Tech
In collaboration with AéroMontréal Cluster
Goal: Provide guidance for SMEs in the aerospace and related sectors (e.g. artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, clean tech, virtual design) in establishing strategic partnerships and developing consolidated value propositions to enhance technology and innovation in Quebec’s aerospace value chain.
$2.98M over 3 years
Growth and Exports
Office for the development of growing businesses
In collaboration with Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec
Goal: Help majority women-owned businesses pursue business opportunities provided by supplier diversity programs.
$200,000 over 2 years
Contest for young scholars in emerging sectors
In collaboration with Universities
Goal: Foster the development of innovative start-ups by supporting projects by young engineering students or graduates.
$500,000 over 2 years
Global Skills Strategy
In collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada
Goal: Identify innovative Quebec businesses that could access an adapted service mode facilitating the hiring of workers with key marketable skills.
Service and expertise
Growth for Everyone in all Regions
Small Business Support Initiative – Pilot project for women and Indigenous entrepreneurs
In collaboration with Réseau des SADC/CAE
Goal: Help businesses owned by women and Indigenous people in rural areas increase their business activities.
$1.36M over one year
Winter Tourism Initiative
Goal: Promote winter tourism by supporting the acquisition of equipment to maintain snowmobile and cross-country ski trails.
$10M over 2 years
Increased support for Indigenous Business Growth
Goal: Foster the participation of Indigenous people in Quebec’s economic growth by supporting processing activities in certain traditional sectors or by authorizing non-repayable contributions for business activities, based on specific criteria.
Projects by the Mi’gmaq Maliseet Aboriginal Fisheries Management Association (MMAFMA) for the Mi’gmaq communities of Gespeg and Gesgapegiag, and the Maliseet of Viger
In collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Employment and Social Development Canada; and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Goal: To support the fishery-related economic and social development of the Mi’gmaq communities of Gespeg and Gesgapegiag, and the Maliseet of Viger, through the restoration of significant coastal habitats; productivity enhancement and the expansion of the SALAWEG line of food products; and ongoing training for Indigenous youth aboard the MMAFMA training ship.
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