An SME in Montérégie will be able to enhance its productivity with the help of funding from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

News release

$925,925 in Government of Canada assistance for innovative investments by Groupe Tremblay

July 17, 2019 – Saint-Anicet, QuebecCanada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Steel and aluminum companies are major players in our economy and supply chains because they provide good jobs for thousands of middle-class Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, announced the awarding of a non-repayable contribution of $925,925 to Groupe Tremblay, a Montérégie company.

With this support from the Government of Canada, Groupe Tremblay will be able to increase its productivity and production capacity by acquiring latest-generation technological equipment that will make it possible to implement a new cathode plate manufacturing process and automate the production sector.

This funding is awarded under the Steel and Aluminum Initiative of the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, announced in March 2019.

Administered by the regional development agencies (RDAs), this initiative provides targeted support to Canada’s small- and medium-sized enterprises in the steel and aluminum sectors. Non-repayable contributions will enable these SMEs to adopt innovative technologies for increasing their productivity or competitiveness and create highly skilled jobs.


“Through its strategy aimed at supporting companies in the steel and aluminum sectors, the Government of Canada has chosen to assist innovative Canadian companies that come up with new ways of creating value, and which are seeking to penetrate new markets. The funding awarded to Groupe Tremblay is intended to provide concrete support for companies that have demonstrated their expertise and their willingness to ensure their growth and create well-paying jobs for the middle class.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

“Our government supports Canadian workers in the steel and aluminum sectors, as well as companies that play an important role in Canada’s regional economies. Our investments support Canadian SMEs that produce or use these metals and help them innovate in order to increase their productivity, expand, enter new markets and create good middle-class jobs.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED

Quick facts

  • Today’s announcement is made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio, which comprises 17 federal departments and agencies, including CED and the other five RDAs.

  • The RDAs help support Canadian innovation, along with the Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Strategic Innovation Fund and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

  • The REGI program builds on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan by providing regionally tailored, nationally consistent support for business productivity and scale-up and by helping enhance regional technology clusters and innovation ecosystems.

  • In 2018, Canada’s steel and aluminum industries employed more than 33,500 Canadians and contributed $8.9 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product.

  • To find out more about CED and its priorities, see the 2019–2020 Departmental Plan or visit

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Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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