The CDÉNÉ offers a whole range of services to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, job seekers, economic immigrants and communities in Nova Scotia to support their economic success. Take advantage of our personalized approach and the expertise of our team members to help carry out your projects and reach your goals.

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The CDÉNÉ provides governance training that will equip you and give you the knowledge you need to administration a not-for-profit organization (NFPO). This training targets the presidents and members of Boards of Directors of not-for-profit organizations.

With this training you will be able to:
  • Put into professional application good governance practices for NFPOs, act ethically and show a critical mindset when carrying out your functions;
  • Comprehend the relationship between the Board of Directors, management and stakeholders and their separation from day-to-day management, as well as the sharing of powers and responsibilities among parties;
  • Understand the main operations, control and accountability mechanisms governing decision-making in an organization;
  • Transfer knowledge to new members.

Learning Components
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors (3 hours)
  • The relationship between the Board of Directors and the Executive Director (2 hours)
  • Effective financial management (3 hours)
  • Effectiveness of a Board of Directors (2 hours)

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Economic immigration services from the CDÉNÉ facilitate the integration of Francophone immigrants into the labour market and give employers support to recruit, hire and integrate international workers one of whose languages is French. Services are provided at no charge to Francophone immigrants and potential immigrants and to employers in Nova Scotia.

Francophone Immigrants
Whether you are starting the process of immigrating to Nova Scotia or you have already settled in the province, our officers can help you to integrate the job market.

Our economic immigration officers can give you personalized information on:
  • Current and emerging economic sectors in the province
  • Present and forecast needs for workers in your field
  • Access to regulated professions and trades
  • Opportunities for entrepreneurship if you want to start a business or take over an existing one
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Discover the advantages of hiring Francophone and bilingual immigrants to fill your human resources needs and to stimulate innovation in your business. By integrating qualified immigrant workers, businesses can fill positions for which they have difficulty recruiting Canadian workers.

Our economic immigration officers can help you to:

  • Post job offers;
  • Write job offers;
  • Plan recruitment initiatives for long-term human resource needs;
  • Take advantage of recruitment opportunities abroad, such as Destination Canada;
  • Give employers chances to meet immigrants;
  • Tell employer about the immigration process;
  • Provide support for employers to hire an international worker;
  • Help with integrating an immigrant into a business;
  • Present awareness sessions on the contribution of immigrant workers;
  • Other services as needed by employers.
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Immigrant Entrepreneurs
If you are a Francophone immigrant to Nova Scotia and would like to start a business, consult our Services for Immigrant Entrepreneurs.
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CDÉNÉ's Economic development, employability and innovation services (EDEIS) offer tools for economic growth, diversification and job creation to the Acadian and Francophone community. These services help overcome challenges linked to an Acadian economy traditionally focused on the fishing and tourism sectors and increase the ability of communities to respond to changes in the economy and the needs of their members.

Community economic development services are offered in the five major Acadian and Francophone regions of Nova Scotia: Argyle, Clare, Chéticamp, Halifax and Isle Madame.

Priority Sectors
EDEIS bring together economic resources and strategic partners in the following priority sectors: Francophone economy in Canada, Green Economy, Immigration, Tourism and Youth integration in economic development. If you’re interested in any of these sectors, contact one of our officers today.

Services Offered
The CDÉNÉ’s economic development, employability and innovation officers help to:

  • Create networking among various community stakeholders to facilitate access to funding for economic and job creation initiatives;
  • Facilitate meetings to identify solutions to the economic challenges faced by communities and entrepreneurs;
  • Deliver training workshops to transfer and increase knowledge on various subjects: governance, project management, how to successfully coordinate leverage projects, etc.;
  • Promote entrepreneurship and the spirit of cooperation among young people to reduce Youth exodus and encourage repatriation. 

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Acadian and Francophone Regions of Nova Scotia
The CDÉNÉ regularly publishes community profiles of the five largest Acadian and Francophone regions in Nova Scotia. These profiles give an overview of the economy, geographical location, immigration, education, natural resources, government services and various other sectors of activity in these regions. To learn more about Nova Scotia’s Acadian and Francophone regions, consult the community profiles.
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CDÉNÉ’s Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centres are funded through the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. We help job seekers to obtain and maintain employment and help employers in regards to the recruitment and retention of employees.

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Our Career Practitioners help job seekers with:

• Job Search
(networking, labour market information, résumé and cover letter writing, interview preparation)

• Career Planning
(explore career options, perform career assessments to determine interests and values)

• Skills Development
(explore re-training options and possible funding for re-training)

Our Employer Engagement Specialist help employers with:

• Recruitment and Retention of employees
(connect with qualified workers, recruit, retain and develop their workforce, access training resources, HR tools, labour market information and government programs)

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Our offices are welcoming, accessible and inclusive to all clients.
Our services are confidentially offered in both official languages, free of charge.

We serve the Municipality of Clare and the Municipality of the District of Argyle.

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The CDÉNÉ undertakes various projects and initiatives to support entrepreneurship among youth. We work closely with Université Sainte-Anne and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) (provincial Acadian school board) to transmit to young people the values of an entrepreneurial culture.

Collaborative Agreement with the CSAP
In 2014, the CDÉNÉ signed a collaborative agreement with the CSAP focussed on a common goal of increasing youth entrepreneurial spirit and entrepreneurship in general. This has led to the organization of a variety of entrepreneurial activities and experiences for students from Grades 4 to 12:

  • Integrating entrepreneurial strategies into the CSAP curriculum.
  • Networking activities where students meet and develop a deeper understanding of local entrepreneurs.
  • Business Pitch competitions, where Université Sainte-Anne and CSAP students have an opportunity to present their entrepreneurial ideas to “Dragons” from the business world, to get advice and to potentially obtain funding for their initiatives.
  • Mentoring young people to support the development of entrepreneurial thought process or mindset.
  • Entrepreneurship boot camps for students from Grades 4 to 6 with the Écoles Plus (Schools Plus) team of the CSAP.
  • Workshops for youth on current topics related to entrepreneurship.

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If you are a Francophone immigrant to Nova Scotia and you’d like to start a business or take over an existing one, our services for immigrant entrepreneurs offer all the support you will need to go into business. Take advantage of our business advisor’s expertise and personalized approach to make your business ideas a reality. Your entrepreneurial project will join a growing number of businesses propelled to the next level by the CDÉNÉ.

These services are offered without charge to immigrants (permanent residents and Canadian citizens born abroad) in Nova Scotia who speak French.

Services Offered
As an immigrant entrepreneur, you can take advantage of these services:

  • Individual business counseling sessions
  • Preparing business plans
  • Preparing marketing plans
  • Access to training workshops to support you on the road to entrepreneurship (marketing, create and manage a website, Canadian import-export, managing operations, taxes and human resources, growth of operations, etc.)
  • Steering toward funding sources

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Networking Activities
The CDÉNÉ organizes networking activities for immigrant entrepreneurs, where you can discuss with Francophone entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the region in a friendly atmosphere. Consult our activities page or contact us to learn more about future networking activities.
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CDÉNÉ’s Business and Entrepreneurship Services provide business consulting services, training and advice to businesses, social enterprises and not-for-profit organizations in rural Acadian regions. Take advantage of our team’s expertise to draft business plans, feasibility studies and marketing plans that will help you to reach your goals.

Services Offered
Our business advisors can:

  • Draft feasibility studies, business plans, marketing plans and strategic plans to reach your goals.
  • Advise you on how to start, grow or improve your business.
  • Mentor you as a new entrepreneur.
  • Lead professional development sessions for organizations, businesses and/or community groups.
  • Give you access to documentation and resources on the sources of funding available to your business or business idea and on various subjects related to entrepreneurship (statistics, demographic data, etc.)
  • Put you in contact with people and agencies that provide additional services such as the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), regional development agencies, Business Canada – Nova Scotia Centres and Community Business Development Corporations (CBDC).

If you have an idea for a business or questions about managing your business, make an appointment with one of our business advisors. Your first consultation is free!

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Networking Activities
Business and Entrepreneurship Services’ networking activities will help you expand your network, establish new contacts and share ideas with entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the region. Consult our upcoming activities page for details on upcoming networking activities or contact us to learn more.

CDÉNÉ’s Business and Entrepreneurship Services are among the five provincial members of the alliance of university business assistance centres (CUAE), and the only one of the five to provide services in both of Canada’s official languages.
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The CDÉNÉ provides services to existing and potential businesses and entrepreneurs to support them in the development and success of their business or entrepreneurial initiatives. Whether you want to start up a new business, launch a new product or access and explore a new market, we can help you bring your ideas to life.

Entrepreneurs and businesses in rural Acadian regions

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