Backgrounder: CED investments to support women entrepreneurs

Backgrounder

Montréal, Quebec, September 2, 2020Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The following information is in addition to the news release issued on September 2, 2020, on CED’s financial assistance, recipient businesses and their respective projects.

Women’s contributions to the business world are a major component of Canada’s economic success. However, women entrepreneurs often face significant barriers in trying to create, develop and grow their own businesses. The Government of Canada is committed to fostering the growth of women-owned businesses and supporting organizations that support them.

CED is investing more than $7 million to ensure that women entrepreneurs have the resources, mentoring and capital they need to succeed. In addition, to enable businesses to adapt to the context of COVID-19, CED is enhancing by $3 million its contributions to projects under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

Details

Part 1

  • 7 projects supported under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy
  • Initial contributions: $14,288,396
  • COVID-19 enhancement: $3,146,000
  • Total funding: $17,449,396
Recipient Activities funded by CED Initial Contribution Enhancement Total Funding

COlab innovation sociale et culture numérique

The project, carried out by COlab, aims to train and mentor women entrepreneurs in digital culture.

Enhancement: The additional COVID-19 funds will allow the client to support women entrepreneurs remotely through a new digital platform and offer them expert services that meet their needs.

$912,631 

$200,000 

$1,112, 631

École des entrepreneurs du Québec 

The project aims to stimulate the creation and growth of businesses led by women, through the École des Entrepreneurs du Québec's delivery of a cohort and tailor‑made approach in all regions of Quebec.

Enhancement: The additional COVID-19 funds will serve to consolidate
a women’s virtual campus, which will offer better access to tailored online training,
coaching and networking.

$3,262,070

$785,510

$4,047,580

Fédération des agricultrices du Québec

The project aims to support women entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector through adapted networking and
mentorship support provided by the Fédération des agricultrices du Québec.

Enhancement: The additional COVID-19 funds will serve to expand the program with individual support services and co‑development.

$456,961

 $88,390

$545,351

Femmessor Québec

The project, carried-out by Femmessor, aims to provide specialized support and facilitate access to financing for women entrepreneurs in under-represented sectors—cultural diversity, rural areas and remote regions—and those experiencing their first phases of growth.

Enhancement: With the additional COVID-19 funds, individual coaching, specialized expert services, co-development and e‑learning will be amplified.

$5,735,823

$1,250,000

$6,985,823

Youth Employment Services (YES)

The project aims to support official language minority community (OLMC) women in starting and growing their SMEs in all regions of Quebec through the delivery of YES's ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Project.

Enhancement: With the additional COVID-19 funds, individual coaching will be enhanced by new specialized e-learning, online seminars and networking.

$1,260,000

$237,100

$1,497,100

Microcrédit Montréal

The project aims to help women of immigrant background to develop their entrepreneurial potential through tailored support offered by the Montreal Community Loan Association.

Enhancement: With the additional COVID-19 funds, more women will benefit from strategic individual support in e-commerce and management.

$1,461,000

$320,000

$1,781,000

Native Women’s Association of Canada

The project aims to provide ongoing mentorship, networking opportunities, workshops and resources to indigenous, Two Spirit and gender-specific entrepreneurs.

Enhancement: The additional COVID-19 funds will enable more women to benefit from these services across Canada.

$1,199,911

$265,000

$1,464,911

Part 2

  • 31 projects supported by CED
  • $7,006,153 in financial contributions from CED
Region Recipient Activities funded by CED Contribution*

Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Cari & Gingembre (9353-7892 Québec Inc.)

Acquisition and installation of digital packaging and wrapping systems, proportioners, automatic mixing systems, ovens, cooling towers and other related equipment

$125,000

Bas-Saint-Laurent

Fabrication JMR (9115-8162 Québec Inc.)

Acquisition and installation of a digitally controlled milling machine, a plasma cutting table and tooling

$160,000

Bas-Saint-Laurent

Arseno & Associés Publicité (site in French only)

Acquisition and installation of an automated textile printer and a laser cutting machine, in addition to the implementation of an integrated management system including computer equipment

$95,000

Bas-Saint-Laurent

Charcuterie La Bicoise

Acquisition and installation of an automated sandwich production line, including a packaging machine, a labeller, an unstacking machine, proportioners, slicers and a mixer

$300,000

Capitale-Nationale

Kanevas

Hiring of specialized consultants to optimize a technological platform and completion of marketing activities

$50,000

Capitale-Nationale

Soudure Sanitaire FP et Filles

Acquisition and installation of a laser cutting machine and a folding machine

$250,000

Centre-du-Québec

Kefiplant

Acquisition of vats and laboratory equipment, automation costs and implementation of a marketing strategy

$1,000,000

Centre-du-Québec

Les Tiges Quatre Saisons (2009)

Acquisition of an assembly cell for panels and peripheral equipment

$358,700

Centre-du-Québec

Soudex Métal (site in French only)

Acquisition and installation of an automated saw and a high-capacity digital folding machine

$150,000

Estrie

Atelier M.G. (9081-8014 Québec Inc.)

Acquisition of a CNC machining centre, an automatic saw and two CNC lathes

$270,000

Lanaudière

Axios Atelier Numérique (site in French only)

Acquisition and installation of a CNC machining unit, production computers and software, loading and lifting equipment, a dust collector, a wall saw, a compressor and lift arms

$120,000

Laurentides

Shockform Aéronautique

Subcontracting for the manufacturing of prototypes, costs for travel to the United States and certification, as well as the acquisition of equipment and software, including a laser engraver and a 3D printer

$100,000

Laurentides

Centre de distribution Couleur Café (site in French only)

Acquisition and installation of an automated, digitized muslin bagging module and leasehold improvements

$75,000

Laurentides

Faniel

Acquisition of an MP5 prototyping machine, a glass cutting machine and a 3D printer, as well as leasehold improvements

$213,875

Mauricie

Dupont Metal

Acquisition of equipment, including an automated drilling line, a digitally controlled saw, two overhead cranes, a cutting table and a folding press

$500,000

Mauricie

Turcotte atelier de peinture

Acquisition and installation of an integrated management software package

$25,840

Montérégie

Galenova

Acquisition and installation of automatic filling machines and analysis equipment, as well as the installation of new production clean rooms

$1,000,000

Montérégie

Quebec Business Women's Network (site in French only)

Salaries and benefits, professional fees and operating expenses 

$500,000

Montréal

Annick Lévesque (7290179 Canada Inc.)

Participation in trade shows and prospecting visits, completion of an advertising campaign, marketing and web strategy consulting fees, development of communication and advertising material and manufacturing of samples

$99,000

Montréal

Angela Mitchell  (9584790 Canada Inc.)

Implementation of a marketing strategy in the United States

$50,000

Montréal

Le Coffret de Rachel

Hiring of consultants (public relations, social media and content creation) and completion of a targeted advertising campaign

$50,000

Montréal

Mont Royal Parkas

Hiring of consultants, development of promotional material, prospecting trips, participation in strategic events, purchase of advertising and acquisition of equipment

$50,000

Montréal

Polystyvert

Participation in business meetings and trade shows in the United States and Europe, website update, promotional activities and intellectual property protection fees

$150,000

Montréal

Coaching de gestion (site in French only)

Professional fees for consulting in marketing, programming development and instructional material, as well as the implementation of a marketing strategy, the development of promotional tools and the purchase of software

$100,000

Outaouais

HOM Mini Chalets

Construction of two lodging units

$99,999

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

PAG Produits alimentaires (2737-1137 Québec Inc.) (site in French only)

Acquisition and installation of a gas cooling system, evaporator and condenser, as well as electrical, plumbing and room fit-up costs

$299,500

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

La Boucanerie d’Henri (9142-6197 Québec Inc.)

Acquisition and installation of a pulse jet cleaning tank and an automated slicer, as well as building improvements

$59,280

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

Soudure G.F. (9285-5352 Québec Inc.)

Acquisition and installation of a flame-cutting table, magnetic drilling machines and overhead cranes

$193,275

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

Imago Structures

Acquisition and installation of an edger and a digitally controlled automatic cutting machine, a trimmer, a dust collector, industrial sewing machines, as well as building expansion

$137,000

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

Les Ateliers de fabrication du Saguenay (site in French only)

Acquisition and installation of a digital machining centre, a digital laser cutting table, software, an overhead crane, a forklift, a roller conveyor and a vacuum system, as well as the expansion of the plant

$374,684

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

Savard Chaussures (website in French only)

Marketing activities outside Canada, including the creation of communication tools, brand development, participation in trade shows, travel expenses, professional legal, tax and other services, as well as the acquisition of specialized sewing machines, a riveting machine and a hot press

$50,000

* The types of CED funding are repayable contributions, non-repayable contributions and grants.

Information

Media Relations, CED
dec.media.ced@canada.ca

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