Economic Development Initiative (EDI)

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What is the Economic Development Initiative (EDI)?

The Economic Development Initiative (EDI) is a Government of Canada initiative that contributes to the Government's priority of creating jobs, promoting economic growth through investment and supporting the economic development of official language minority communities (OLMCs). EDI will continue to strengthen innovation, entrepreneurship, partnerships, and diversification of economic activities in OLMCs.

Who can apply?

Recognizing that EDI is designed to meet the needs of Ontario's Francophone communities, eligible recipients include Francophone or bilingual organizations located in southern Ontario that provide programs or services in French to the Francophone community. This includes:

  • Community economic development corporations;
  • Not-for-profit organizations and sector associations;
  • Private sector organizations; and
  • Post-secondary institutions that offer full-time programs of study in French.

How is EDI funded?

The Economic Development Initiative is the key economic development initiative under the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, the Government of Canada's strategy for official languages. Through the Roadmap, the Government of Canada is investing $1.1 billion across 15 federal departments and agencies with a focus on three pillars that will ensure the vitality of English and French in Canada through education, immigration, and communities.

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is responsible for delivering EDI in southern Ontario.


Contact FedDev Ontario for more information.

Call: 1-866-593-5505
TTY: 1-800-457-8466 (hearing impaired)
Follow us on Twitter: @FedDevOntario

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