Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities

From Employment and Social Development Canada

The Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities is an integral component of the Government of Canada's strategy for official languages as expressed in the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013 to 2018: Education, Immigration, Communities. This program aims to enhance the development and vitality of official language minority communities by strengthening their capacity in the areas of human resources and community economic development, and by promoting partnerships at all levels, including with federal partners. This program provides funds to official language minority communities in every province and territory to support professional local capacity to deliver services and supports to job seekers, businesses and communities; generate strategic partnerships; spur investment; and consolidate efforts and resources to take action on community priorities. The Enabling Fund is designed so that official language minority communities can plan and implement community-specific development initiatives and better access a range of labour market services and programs. In addition to contributing to community development, the Enabling Fund allows the Department to deliver on its commitments and obligations related to the Official Languages Act.

The Enabling Fund facilitates cooperation and engagement by brokering partnerships with all levels of government, education and private sector organizations to design and deliver responsive labour market initiatives through a committee composed of federal institutions and community representatives known as the Economic Action Network for Official Language Minority Communities. The Enabling Fund provides support and secretariat services for the Economic Action Network for Official Language Minority Communities. The Economic Action Network brings together a range of government and community partners to collaborate on common initiatives create partnerships and allow for inter-network collaboration more generally.

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