In March 2013, the Government of Canada released the 2013-2018 Strategy for Official Languages: Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities with a budget of $1.1 billion allocated among 15 federal departments and agencies. This Roadmap builds on the achievements of the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013, which ended on March 31, 2013.
This renewed Roadmap aims to support Canadians and their communities to develop and grow and to participate in Canadian society, using the official language of their choice. The Roadmap will focus on three pillars that will ensure the vitality of English and French in Canada through education, immigration, and communities.
As partners under this Roadmap, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) along with Industry Canada and the other Regional Development Agencies, are responsible for delivering the Economic Development Initiative (EDI). This initiative will promote the development of new expertise through innovation, diversification of economic activities, partnerships, and increased support of small- and medium-sized businesses. The initiative can assist individuals, businesses, youth and immigrants to flourish in their Official Minority Languages Communities.
WD will invest $3.2 million through the EDI over five years for projects that contribute to the development of capacities, new expertise, and partnerships and that can lead to the economic development of businesses and communities, and the sustainable growth of Western Canada’s francophone communities.
WDP Terms and Conditions and eligibility criteria will apply to the EDI. In addition,
Projects must be completed by - March 31, 2018
WD is moving to a Call for Proposals (CFP) process for EDI applications. For further information, please go to Western Diversification Program - Summary.
If you have further questions concerning the EDI, contact us directly at any of our offices, by email, telephone, fax, or mail.