Canada's Regional Development Agencies (RDA) work closely with regional businesses and innovators to foster economic growth and create more good-paying, middle-class jobs for Canadians.
Canada's Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) are an important part of the Government of Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan, developing and diversifying regional economies and helping communities thrive. There are seven RDAs across Canada.
Actions RDA has taken to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic
Canada Regional Revitalization Fund, Tourism Relief Fund, Jobs and Growth Fund, Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative, Regional Air Transport Initiative, Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative, Canada Seafood Stabilization Fund
Supporting regional economic growth through innovation
The RDA program fosters the right environment for the growth of enterprises and the start-up of entrepreneurs and innovators, creating ideal conditions for the development of strong, dynamic and inclusive regional economies across the country.
Regional Development Agencies support regional innovation ecosystems and help businesses scale up by:
- Deliver nationally tailored programs tailored to local needs and circumstances
- provide access to financial aid
- Bringing together key players in their respective ecosystems
- Support the economic development of your community
- Ensure regional growth strategies eliminate regional disparities and align with federal goals
Thanks to targeted investments from RDA, businesses and industries in communities across the country are thriving.
Quebec Regional Economic Development (CED) in Canada
With support from CED, indigenous women-owned company Atikuss was able to expand its business office and warehouse, optimize its production line, and create a new luxury product line. Ms. LeBlanc, owner of Atikuss, gives indigenous women the opportunity to share their ancestral beadwork traditions and, most importantly, earn a decent living.
Atticus: An Indigenous Treasure
Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has provided a $5 million investment to establish the Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL), Canada's first circular economy-focused accelerator and testing platform. COIL creates, tests, and scales circular economy solutions that help businesses increase resource productivity, create sustainable jobs, reduce environmental impact, and contribute to a clean and competitive Canadian economy. We are supporting.
Canada's first circular economy-focused accelerator and testing platform
Federal Economic Development Authority of Northern Ontario (FedNor)
NADF is a not-for-profit Aboriginal organization that provides business financing, community economic development resources, and business counseling services to First Nations and Métis people across Northern Ontario. In 2013, a $4.4 million investment through FedNor included the development of a toolkit to help First Nations communities in Northern Ontario create positive change through comprehensive community planning (CCP) that empowers community members. contributed to.
Nishnawbe Asci Development Fund (NADF) receives prestigious Planning Excellence Award in Community Planning Toolkit
Canadian Prairies Economic Development (PrairiesCan)
Funding from PrairiesCan through the Business Scale-up and Productivity program helped Nonsuch Brewing Co purchase new equipment and scale up production of craft Belgian beer. As a result, the craft brewery is responding to market demand, offering Manitobans unique drinking and dining experiences, and more ways to engage and connect with each other.
Manitoba brewery scales up with help from PrairiesCan
Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)
Indigenous peoples have been stewards of the land for thousands of years, finding clean energy solutions and combating climate change. With the BC First Nations Clean Energy Initiative, BC First Nations are launching new clean energy projects, reducing diesel usage and creating nearly 1,400 jobs across the province.
BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative propels British Columbia toward a net-zero future