Economic Development Initiative in southern Ontario

The Economic Development Initiative (EDI) is part of Canada's Action Plan for Official Languages 2023-2028: Protection-Promotion-Collaboration, which reaffirms our government's commitment to official languages.

EDI helps address the economic challenges and builds on the strengths of each region to facilitate growth in official language minority communities. Through EDI, FedDev Ontario is helping Francophone communities in southern Ontario grow their economies.

FedDev Ontario delivers $800,000 annually through EDI to support projects encouraging economic diversification, business development, innovation, partnerships and increased support for small- and medium-sized enterprises in Francophone communities.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants are incorporated Francophone or bilingual not-for-profit organizations located in southern Ontario that provide programs or services in French to Francophone communities, including:

  • community and economic development organizations
  • not-for-profit organizations and associations
  • post-secondary institutions that offer full-time programs in French

What types of projects are eligible?

  • Economic Development and Diversification: Projects that respond to the needs of Francophone communities, including implementing region-specific growth strategies. Priority may be given to projects related to women, youth, clean technology, the social economy (early childhood, integration of newcomers, etc.), and tourism.
  • Business and Economic Development: Projects that respond to the needs and foster the economic growth of industry sectors (e.g., manufacturing, information technology). This includes activities that increase business management capacity, reskill or train workers or adopt digital technologies.
  • Strategic Community Economic Planning: Projects that enhance the economic base and competitiveness of Francophone communities and small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Projects must focus on incremental activities and must increase the services and/or products of an organization above and beyond the organization's current day-to-day operations or already funded activities.

Ready to find out more? Reach out to or call 1-866-593-5505 for more information on eligibility.

How does funding work?

Eligible not-for-profit organizations can apply for a non-repayable contribution of up to $500,000 per year in project funding.

Contributions towards eligible projects costs are shared between FedDev Ontario and the applicant as follows:

  • FedDev Ontario - a maximum of 70%
  • Applicant - a minimum of 30%Footnote 1

Total government assistance (federal, provincial and municipal) cannot exceed 100% of total eligible costs.

Projects that propose to further distribute funding to eligible small- and medium-sized enterprises are subject to additional funding parameters.

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How to apply?

Contact one of our bilingual officers by email or at 1-866-593-5505 at any time for more information and to receive an application form.


Footnote 1

An applicant's portion of the cost-share (i.e., 30% or more of eligible project costs) may be comprised of cash contributions and in-kind contributions, including those from other project partners (e.g., industry partners, other government funding).

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