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Caribbean Local Economic Development

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Webinar resources now online: learn about good practices in LED from CARILED partners.

Truro, N.S. Director of Planning Jason Fox recognized for zoning & land use work in Belize & Jamaica.

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

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 wrapping up in 2017, 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

Congratulations and thanks to the dedicated, innovative municipal experts across 20 Canadian municipalities and in local governments in the Caribbean. Their hard work and belief in the power of local governments to help create lasting economic benefits for their community made our CARILED project a success.

Town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia

City of Barrie, Ontario

City of Calgary, Alberta

City of Kingston, Ontario

District of Lake Country, British Columbia

Town of Langley, British Columbia

City of Lethbridge, Alberta

City of London, Ontario

MRC Argenteuil, Quebec

City of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland

North Vancouver, British Columbia

Northumberland County, Ontario

City of Ottawa, Ontario

Parkland County, Alberta 

Prince Edward County, Ontario

Town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick

City of Saint John's, Newfoundland

City of Sudbury, Ontario 

Sunshine Coast Regional District, British Columbia

Town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Town of Truro, Nova Scotia

Vulcan Business Development Society, Alberta

Page Updated: 15/06/2017