Community Futures

The Community Futures program helps to create jobs in rural areas. This is done with the help of more than 40 Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) throughout Atlantic Canada.

Street-level view of St. John's pedestrian mall in St. John's, N.L.

St. John’s Pedestrian Mall, N.L.

CBDCs are non-profit organizations that work to build a stronger economy by fuelling business growth. Each CBDC aims to boost private-sector employment in rural areas.

How CBDCs help

CBDCs help launch small businesses and expand and modernize existing ones. Through the CBDCs, you could get:

How to apply

Visit to find your nearest CBDC office, or call 1-888-303-2232 toll-free.

Contact us today!

Want to learn more? ACOA Business Information Services is your one-stop information shop. Call 1-888-576-4444 to discuss our programs and see if a CBDC is the right support for you.

Or contact us by email:

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (Atlantic time)

Grants and Contributions Awarded

Are you interested in businesses and organizations that received ACOA funding? Consult the Open Government Portal to search past recipients of our programs.

Business impact stories

A.F. Theriault produces diverse types of vessels designed and built in the predominantly francophone community of Meteghan River, Nova Scotia to serve Canada's unique, expansive coastline and our network of coastal marine communities.

In May 2022 Moncton-based Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada (ABAC) will celebrate its 20th anniversary. In just two short decades, the only professional ballet company in Atlantic Canada has toured original creations throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Fireworks Feast, part of the Inn at Bay Fortune and Inn at Fortune Bridge family of visitor destinations, was one of many popular summer experiences hit by the hard reality of a pandemic.

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