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Caribbean Local Economic Development

The latest

March 24 webinar resources now online.


Visit the CARILED partner website for updates on demonstration projects and more.

First-person perspective

Read about a recent CARILED mission to partner municipality Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Factsheet on municipal government challenges

As part of the Local Economic Development Forum hosted by FCM in Ottawa from October 29 to November 2, 2012, we helped the University of the West Indies' Mona campus develop a factsheet on the challenges municipal governments face in doing sustainable local economic development in Jamaica.

Supporting sustainable economic development in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) program strives to develop business-friendly environments in which micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises can prosper. It stimulates sustainable local economic development by helping local governments implement programs, policies and services to support existing enterprises and attract new businesses.

CARILED is currently active across 22 communities in seven Caribbean countries. It ultimately plans to support more than 50 communities and help some 500 businesses in more than a dozen countries create new jobs and promote local economic growth.

CARILED initiatives

  • Helping communities establish and manage committees of government, private-sector and community representatives to lead local economic development
  • Increasing the capacity of local governments (and decentralized agencies of central governments) to facilitate private-sector growth in a sustainable and equitable manner
  • Strengthening the ability of local government officials to engage civil society in local economic development planning and implementation
  • Collaborating with business support organizations and educational institutions to provide training to micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises
  • Funding pilot LED projects with the potential to show how local governments, the private sector and communities can work together to create jobs, increase micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprise revenues, and bring economic and social benefits to communities
  • Working with national governments, local government associations and regional organizations to replicate good practices and successful LED models, and institute policy reforms to support LED

Who's involved

A six-year, $22.9-million program running until 2018, CARILED is operated by FCM in partnership with the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM), the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). The program is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

Canadian municipalities participating in CARILED include:

Town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Annapolis County, Nova Scotia

City of Barrie, Ontario

City of Calgary, Alberta

Columbia Shuswap RD, British Columbia

Town of Golden, British Columbia

Municipality of Guysborough, Nova Scotia

City of Hamilton, Ontario

City of Kingston, Ontario

Town of Langley, British Columbia

City of London, Ontario

MRC Argenteuil, Quebec

Town of Marmora, Ontario

City of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland

North Vancouver, British Columbia

Northumberland County, Ontario

Town of Orangeville, Ontario

City of Ottawa, Ontario

Parkland County, Alberta 

Town of Pemberton, British Columbia

Prince Edward County, Ontario

Town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick

City of Sudbury, Ontario 

Page Updated: 14/04/2016