FedNor investing in business and economic growth in the Timiskaming District

News release

Government of Canada funding will support small and medium-sized businesses owned or operated by Francophones

February 21, 2023 – Temiskaming Shores, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario – FedNor

Northern Ontario is home to vibrant and diverse communities that contribute to the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the region. Through regional development agencies such as FedNor, the Government of Canada is investing in those diverse communities with a focus on capacity building, new skills, and job creation.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced a FedNor investment of $185,821 in the Centre d'éducation des adultes de New Liskeard to support the second phase of their Entrepreneurial Leadership for Francophones project.

The successful initiative launched in 2020 and saw more than thirty local businesses participate within the first year. Benefits realized by the Entrepreneurial Leadership for Francophones project so far include: the development of e-commerce systems with businesses offering sales online, increases in social media marketing, and a range of workshops and webinars aimed at developing new skills and expanding existing knowledge.

The second phase of the project will provide further training and services; it will support youth entrepreneurs to help develop current and future economic leaders; and it will help connect entrepreneurs to other community programs and services, agencies, organizations, and other training programs, as well as other mentoring services or programs.

Anticipated benefits of this investment include: 12 jobs created or maintained; two new businesses created; a minimum of 14 partnerships created and/or maintained; a minimum of 15 workshops, webinars, and information sessions for over 200 participants; and the adoption of new technologies and strategies, which will increase sales, productivity, and business capacity.


“Francophone communities are an integral piece of Canada’s past, our present, and our future. Investments in Francophone businesses and entrepreneurs help create opportunities and ensure that the economies in diverse regions like Northeastern Ontario and Timiskaming District continue to grow.”

-        The Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming

“When we support our neighbours and the communities around us, we all benefit. Through this investment of $185,821, FedNor is supporting Francophone entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow, helping them continue to thrive.”

-        The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor


“We are grateful to be able to contribute to the economic development of businesses in the District of Timiskaming. Thanks to FedNor's investment and the support of the partners and organizations involved in this project, entrepreneurs will be better supported and supervised, thus enabling them to update and modernize their services and products in order to counter the commercial effects linked to the pandemic.”

-        Peggy Morin, Coordinator, Adult Education Center

Quick facts

  • Today’s funding is provided through the Economic Development Initiative, which supports activities related to business and economic development that encourage growth in Northern Ontario's Francophone communities.

    The Entrepreneurial Leadership for Francophones project is administered by the Centre d'éducation des adultes de New Liskeard (CÉA), an Alternative Secondary School Program (ASSP) provider that offers many opportunities for training in French in an environment of stimulating learning focused on mutual aid, communication, and personal success.

    • CÉA offers credit courses leading to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, as well as training workshops that meet the six core competencies of the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework.

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Andrew MacKendrick

Office of the Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor


Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario

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