Anthony Rota
Hon. Anthony Rota
Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming
FedNor investing in business and economic growth in the Timiskaming District
February 23, 2023

Northern Ontario is home to vibrant and diverse communities that contribute to the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the region. Through regional development agencies such as FedNor, the Government of Canada is investing in those diverse communities with a focus on capacity building, new skills, and job creation.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced a FedNor investment of $185,821 in the Centre d'éducation des adultes de New Liskeard to support the second phase of their Entrepreneurial Leadership for Francophones project.


The successful initiative launched in 2020 and saw more than thirty local businesses participate within the first year. Benefits realized by the Entrepreneurial Leadership for Francophones project so far include: the development of e-commerce systems with businesses offering sales online, increases in social media marketing, and a range of workshops and webinars aimed at developing new skills and expanding existing knowledge.

The second phase of the project will provide further training and services; it will support youth entrepreneurs to help develop current and future economic leaders; and it will help connect entrepreneurs to other community programs and services, agencies, organizations, and other training programs, as well as other mentoring services or programs.

Anticipated benefits of this investment include: 12 jobs created or maintained; two new businesses created; a minimum of 14 partnerships created and/or maintained; a minimum of 15 workshops, webinars, and information sessions for over 200 participants; and the adoption of new technologies and strategies, which will increase sales, productivity, and business capacity.



“Francophone communities are an integral piece of Canada’s past, our present, and our future. Investments in Francophone businesses and entrepreneurs help create opportunities and ensure that the economies in diverse regions like Northeastern Ontario and Timiskaming District continue to grow.”

“When we support our neighbours and the communities around us, we all benefit. Through this investment of $185,821, FedNor is supporting Francophone entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow, helping them continue to thrive.”

“We are grateful to be able to contribute to the economic development of businesses in the District of Timiskaming. Thanks to FedNor's investment and the support of the partners and organizations involved in this project, entrepreneurs will be better supported and supervised, thus enabling them to update and modernize their services and products in order to counter the commercial effects linked to the pandemic.”


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