Targeting population and business growth in rural PEI

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Enhanced programming to support business and community development

November 22, 2018 – Central Bedeque, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The growth of rural communities comes in large part through population and business development. Since 1995, the Central Development Corporation (CDC) has been dedicated to working with communities and business to grow a stronger economy in central Prince Edward Island. Now, the CDC is building on its work by implementing the Welcoming Communities Program, a project designed to attract and retain newcomers to rural PEI and by introducing the Community Capacity Fund, an initiative that supports the delivery of consulting and strategic planning services to rural not-for-profit organizations.

Today, the Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), along with the Honourable Pat Murphy, PEI Minister of Rural and Regional Development, announced more than $200,000 to support these two projects.

This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, by supporting strategic initiatives and organizations that encourage rural development and immigration.