Lévis, Quebec, October 7, 2020 – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Quebec entrepreneurs hard, and business and organization owners must show resilience and creativity in adapting their operations to health regulations and physical distancing requirements.
The city of Lévis has not escaped the crisis. The vitality of large centres such as Lévis must be preserved. On the ground, the many calls for help with the critical situation facing store owners and businesses have been heard.
That is why Élisabeth Brière, Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), is today announcing financial assistance of $175,000 for Développement PME Chaudière-Appalaches. DPME is a partner in growing SMEs at home and abroad, whose team of experts offers personalized consulting services to provide concrete solutions to the challenges businesses face in operational efficiency, innovation and market development.
This non-repayable contribution has been granted through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). With a total budget of over $1.5 billion, the RRRF is providing over $280 million to support Quebec businesses and NPOs. Through this initiative, emergency funds to cover the need for working capital and technical assistance are being offered to Quebec businesses and NPOs.
Développement PME Chaudière-Appalaches serving Lévis entrepreneurs
For the city of Lévis, the component on technical assistance for SMEs is being provided by Développement PME Chaudière-Appalaches, an NPO with a mission to help the Chaudière‑Appalaches region’s economy to thrive.
Through this support from CED, DPME will be able to provide technical assistance services through to March 31, 2021, to Lévis businesses and NPOs affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Businesses and organizations will benefit from the expertise and mentoring of specialized resources in order to stabilize their situation, thereby putting them in a better position for the economic recovery.
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan has enabled millions of jobs to be protected, families to receive emergency assistance and businesses to stay afloat throughout the pandemic. As we pursue an economic recovery in complete safety, the Government of Canada will always place Canadians at the forefront of its concerns, while working to build a resilient and more just economy for all.