Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

November 22, 2010 10:17 ET

Government of Canada Grants $122,436 in Funding to the Committee for Anglophone Social Action

NEW CARLISLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced $122,436 in non-repayable funding, over two years, to the Committee for Anglophone Social Action (CASA) to bring Gaspésie's English and French-speaking socioeconomic stakeholders closer together.

CASA's proposed plan aims to mobilize business people, socioeconomic organizations and the community around regional economic issues by getting the Anglophone and Francophone communities involved. A project coordinator will organize various consultations, networking workshops between entrepreneurs and work and information sessions. The targeted communities are located between Port-Daniel–Gascons West and New Carlisle, where one of the challenges will be to get the two linguistic communities to work together, forge alliances and share their know-how so as to strengthen their contribution to the regional economy.

"CASA's initiative meets several Canada Economic Development priorities, including the integration of linguistic communities in devitalized areas so as to strengthen their contribution to the regional economy and counter the youth brain drain," said the Minister of State.

CASA was established in 1975 to meet the challenges that the English-speaking population of Gaspésie faces. It acts as a focal point for information and services to the English-speaking community and promotes local responsibility for development.

"The funding awarded to CASA confirms our commitment to strengthening and building inclusive and dynamic communities that will ensure an enhanced quality of life for English-speaking minority groups," concluded Mr. Lebel.

The monies announced today are provided through the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality Economic Development Initiative, in effect until March 31, 2013. This measure aims to foster the economic development of official-language minority communities (OLMCs) through a range of activities including innovation, entrepreneurship, partnership and economic diversification.

For this initiative, the Agency has been allocated an additional $10.2 million over five years to increase the activities it already undertakes in support of Quebec's English-speaking minority communities.

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