Funding announced for Rural Action Centres

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$331,000 supports four centres across the province

ALBERTON – Four Rural Action Centres will continue to encourage economic development throughout the Island, thanks to $331,000 in recently announced funding.

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea confirmed the support in a press release on Friday, May 23. The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, has partnered with the Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Rural Development, to each provide $165,600 for the centres.

The funding supports the daily operations of Ventures 2000 Limited, Central Development Corporation, RDÉE Î.P.É., and Active Communities Inc., as they help community organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, and Island-based entrepreneurs to grow their enterprises.

Rural Action Centres are client-focused, one-stop-service centres housing multiple federal, provincial and non-government organizations that are all focused on business and community development. The centres provide support through access to programming, training, business counseling, and temporary office space for business commuters.

“The Rural Action Centres in Prince Edward Island are a great resource for rural-based entrepreneurs in our area to receive information on federal and provincial programs and services, counselling services and training,” stated Minister Shea in the release.

Ron MacKinley, PEI Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, noted projects like the Rural Action Centres strengthen infrastructure and expand economic opportunities for rural communities to improve the lives of Islanders.

Organizations: Rural Development, Department of Fisheries, Ventures 2000 Central Development Active Communities

Geographic location: Canada, Prince Edward Island

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