Economic Development Initiative

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is helping Acadian and francophone communities in Atlantic Canada grow their economy. Non-profit organizations in official language minority communities (OLMCs) could be eligible for support.

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The Economic Development Initiative (EDI) is part of Canada’s official languages action plan. The plan has three building blocks:

Our work to grow the economy is one way ACOA helps the plan succeed. Every year, we invest up to $1.1 million in Acadian and francophone communities through the EDI.

What projects qualify

To be eligible, non-profit organizations must serve Acadian or francophone communities in Atlantic Canada. Chosen projects will be those that:

Project criteria

To receive EDI funding, your project must:

Who can apply

Funding is available to non-profit organizations such as:

How to apply

Contact your nearest ACOA office to discuss your project and then complete and submit the Application for financial assistance.

Contact us today!

Ready to find out more? Reach out to ACOA Business Information Services to learn more about this and other programs. Call 1-888-576-4444 and we’ll be happy to help.

Or contact us by email:

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