Many municipalities and First Nations want to collaborate as neighbours, but they don’t always know where to begin. Since 2012, the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) has helped municipalities and First Nations develop partnerships that establish and support their mutually beneficial economic development. They help coordinate local action to address regional issues and build a more sustainable economy for all. 

We are delighted to announce that CEDI will be moving to Phase 3 in the fall of 2021!

Our solid partnership with Cando will provide the opportunity to innovate this program in the years to come as we keep working on the long road of Reconciliation together.

For information about Phase 3, including the deadline for partnership applications, please come back to this page (or sign up to our Facebook community or newsletter further below) and look out for our social media campaign in September.

For a better understanding of how CEDI works, watch this short video (Transcript).

For examples of CEDI's tangible impacts, see this 2-page infographic.

This initiative is implemented jointly with Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) and funded by Indigenous Services Canada.

Photo: City of Vernon/Sproing Creative

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This program is funded by the Government of Canada and implemented in partnership with Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers).

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