July 18, 2013 10:30 ET
MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - July 18, 2013) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces that the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) has been granted financial assistance to develop two web-based transaction platforms for Quebec small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
"The Government of Canada's top priority is growth and jobs. This is evident in our ongoing support of organizations that, like the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, accompany businesses in their efforts to become more competitive, which is a catalyst for economic growth," said Minister Lebel.
Founded in 1909, the FCCQ is the largest network of enterprises and business people in Quebec. The first platform will post calls for tenders and bids to bring together SME members of the Quebec, New England and New York State boards of trade. The second platform will issue certificates of origin in French. Currently only available in English in Canada, the certificate of origin is essential for exporting goods outside the country. These tools will enable Quebec SMEs to seek out market opportunities, access potential clients and facilitate their exports.
This financial assistance, granted in the form of a $791,908 non-repayable contribution, has been awarded through Canada Economic Development`s Quebec Economic Development Program.
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