RDÉE PEI AT A GLANCE
RDÉE Prince Edward Island Inc. is the provincial francophone economic development council of PEI. Its head office is located in Wellington, in the Community Business Centre. It also has a satellite office at the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean in Charlottetown.
Its mission is “to contribute actively to entrepreneurial and community economic development within the Acadian and francophone community of Prince Edward Island, while collaborating to the economic development of the province.”
It offers support services for community economic development (CED) and co-operative development services as well as certain services for entrepreneurs.
The RDÉE, which has existed since 2000, first operated as a program of the Baie Acadienne Development Corporation. In March 2010, it was officially and independently incorporated as a non-profit organization.
NETWORK AND PARTNERS
RDÉE Prince Edward Island is a full-fledged member of a national economic development network called RDÉE Canada.
In January 2011, RDÉE PEI resurrected the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI (CCAFLIPE) and integrated it directly into the RDÉE. The CCAFLIPE is guided by a spokesperson and an advisory committee. The Chamber’s mission is to organize events that will help entrepreneurs to network, to learn and to exchange best practices.
Since April 2013, RDÉE PEI manages the Wellington Rural Action Centre, the only centre in the province officially designated as bilingual. This centre provides support to community and entrepreneurial development projects in the Evangeline and surrounding communities. As well, any francophone project addressed to any of the four other Rural Action Centres will be directed to the Wellington centre.
Thanks to a special agreement, RDÉE PEI managed the affairs of the Conseil de développement coopératif (CDC) for three years, beginning April 2010. The RDÉE was responsible for implementing the CDC’s action plan, which included the establishment of new co-operatives and the expansion of existing co-ops. The CDC is presently without funding.
A) COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CO-OP DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
- Mobilization and taking charge
B) ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
The RDÉE staff is made up of an administrative team (executive director, financial administrative assistant and communications officers) and a project development and management team (development officers and project coordinators). These are spread out over the two offices. The project coordinators are hired as needed to carry out various projects.
RDÉE Prince Edward Island Inc. is proud to be able to count on continued support from Employment and Social Development Canada’s Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities.