Archived — Government of Canada Supports new Francophone Businesses in Simcoe County

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For immediate release
April 11, 2012

Penetanguishene, Ontario — Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced an investment of $68,700 for La Clé d’la Baie en Huronie to help create two francophone businesses in Simcoe County.

“The Government of Canada is committed to creating jobs and growth in southern Ontario, and to ensuring that francophone communities can continue to prosper,” said MP Stanton. “The funding announced today will support the creation of two new francophone businesses in Simcoe County. This will help preserve French language in this community and lead to long-term economic benefits in the region.”

La Clé d’la Baie en Huronie is the largest not-for-profit francophone organization in Simcoe County. Since 1996, they have been working to improve the quality of life of the local French-speaking community.

La Clé d’la Baie would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support,” said Pierre Casault, Acting Executive Director at La Clé d’la Baie en Huronie. “The support provided through the Economic Development Initiative, La Clé will hire a director for 12 months to establish a daycare centre and French immersion summer camp in the community, and to increase the profile of the programs and services currently offered by the organization.”

This investment comes from the Economic Development Initiative, which is part of the “Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future”, the Government of Canada’s official languages strategy. The initiative is delivered by FedDev Ontario in southern Ontario.

As part of this initiative, the government is providing funding to promote the development of new expertise through innovation, diversification of economic activities, partnerships and increased support to small- and medium-sized businesses in southern Ontario Francophone communities.

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region’s businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified. To learn more, please visit www.feddevontario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.

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For more information, contact:

James Nicol
Executive Assistant
Office of Bruce Stanton, M.P., Simcoe North
(705) 327-0513

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
519-571-6879

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