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Initiatives to restart the regional economy after the pandemic

April 29, 2020

Most businesses and other organizations are currently facing a variety of pandemic-related challenges and don’t necessarily know how to respond.

New Brunswick

Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ), RDÉE du Nouveau-Brunswick, Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick(CÉNB), and its Canadian partners invited francophone leaders to join them for two webinars on crisis leadership on Thursday April 9 and 16. Marc-André Alary, owner and CEO of DirecSys, hosted the two sessions. It was an outstanding example of interprovincial agency cooperation to foster the economic development of official-language minority communities.

Nova Scotia

Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is currently developing initiatives to support the province’s Acadian regions through a tourist season affected by changed priorities and unforeseen circumstances connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDÉNÉ plans to focus on promoting tourism in nearby parts of the surrounding provinces so that visitors can stay in the country and get to know places that are closer to home. Tourism industry business owners and organizations will have to find creative new ways to attract travellers.


Société économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) is currently working with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) to put in place an joint action plan to support francophone businesses and communities active in tourism.

The plan will provide access to resources, information, and assessment tools during the crisis, establish resources and solutions to support francophone and bilingual tourism businesses and their partners, and lay the groundwork for recovery, for example by developing francophone and bilingual experiences targeting nearby domestic markets and getting ready to welcome those travellers. The plan should soon be submitted to the ministry to secure funding for its implementation.

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