Ottawa, March 22, 2017. RDÉE Canada (Le Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité), the national Francophone and Acadian economic development network, welcomes the Federal government’s 2017 budget commitments to entrepreneurship, global skills, and helping young Canadians succeed.

As a leader promoting the economic integration of French-speakers to Francophone and Acadian communities (FACs), RDÉE Canada is pleased with the additional funding that will facilitate access to top global talent for companies doing business in Canada by helping them attract new skills and create more jobs in Canada. RDÉE Canada continues to work with the government on the pre-departure services program and a pilot project with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

RDÉE Canada recognizes that early childhood services are key to the vitality of the FACs, and has initiated a project in partnership with the Commission nationale des parents francophones (CNPF). It therefore applauds the significant new investments for early learning and child care over a ten-year period proposed by this budget.

Lastly, RDÉE Canada is going to great lengths to expand the Francophone and bilingual tourism offer across the country. We welcome the 2017 federal budget measures aimed at attracting more international visitors to Canada and broadening tourism data collection so that our tourism operators can make the most of their efforts and investments.

“We look forward to working with the government on common priorities, specifically those that may affect Francophone and Acadian communities. We are confident in the major role played by Francophones in economic growth efforts, and trust that the government will build on this momentum in the next Action Plan for Official Languages,” said Jean-Guy Bigeau, President and Executive Director of RDÉE Canada.

About RDÉE Canada

For 20 years, RDÉE Canada has depended on the expertise and support of its provincial and territorial members in its role as leader of economic development in Francophone and Acadian communities. RDÉE Canada supports long- and short-term commercial projects and initiatives by maintaining lasting partnerships and encouraging the leadership and innovation that the country needs.

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Émilie Delattre
Manager, Communications
RDÉE Canada