COVID-19: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency launches Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economies
"No matter how wide we extend the safety net, businesses across Canada continue to slip through the cracks. Many entrepreneurs are still anxious about whether they will get help. With nearly a billion dollars in support across the country, the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund will fill in some of the gaps. Our message to Canadians is clear: we are here for you now; we will be here for you in the weeks and months to come; and we will get through this together. We’ve got your back."
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA
“Small and medium-sized business are very important to Atlantic Canada’s economy and they are taking the brunt of the impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. RRRF is there to help those businesses that cannot access other federal supports to make it through these difficult times and get back on track when the recovery begins.”
– René Arseneault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (ACOA and Official Languages)
“We know rural small business owners are struggling right now and we’re pleased to see this much needed fund put in place to help them through this unprecedented time. We hope this fund provides a lifeline to stabilize businesses so they can make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. CBDCs are looking forward to being on the front line of our economic recovery.”
– Neville Robinson, President, Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations
The six regional development agencies (RDAs) ensure that Canada’s regions are heard in Ottawa, and that local economies and businesses get the support they need to grow and prosper.
Canada’s RDAs focus on developing and diversifying regional economies to help communities thrive. Already a major presence in communities, they know where additional support is needed most.
Businesses and organizations that applied for but were unable to access existing federal COVID-19 relief benefits as well as those that received benefits but are still experiencing cash flow issues are encouraged to contact ACOA for more information on the RRRF before applying.
Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) are not-for-profit community-based organizations that provide targeted services to entrepreneurs who require customized financing not normally available from traditional sources.
There are 41 CBDCs in Atlantic Canada.
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official
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