About CanExport Community Investments (CECI)
Program objectives | Programming priorities | Annual cycle | Important notes
The goal of the CanExport Community Investments program is to increase Canadian employment by supporting Canadian communities’ collaborative efforts to attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment (FDI).
- To enhance the capability and effectiveness of Canadian communities to attract employment—creating FDI by providing assistance to communities in developing FDI attraction, retention and expansion initiatives.
- To help build business cases that will make foreign investors aware of the proven advantages of expanding into and within Canada.
- To encourage and promote the pursuit of excellence in the development of investment programs by allocating funds on the basis of competition that is judged on clear, long-term planning principles and demonstrated cooperation between the private sector and municipal governments.
- To help Canadian communities become more effective in dealing with FDI aftercare and support for specific foreign investment promotion initiatives.
- To encourage intergovernmental cooperation, promote partnerships with the private sector and demonstrate federal commitment to encourage FDI and retention.
The program prioritizes a number of key FDI sectors and markets.
Proactive FDI industry sectors
- Advanced manufacturing: automotive, aerospace and defence, machinery and equipment
- Agrifood: Food Processing
- Chemicals and plastics
- Information and Communication Technology: Digital media, software, wireless communications
- Life Science: Biopharmaceuticals, medical devices
- Services: Business services, financial services
- Clean Technologies: Renewable-energy technologies, environmental technologies
The program’s FDI target markets
- The Americas: United States, Brazil.
- Asia and Oceania: Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Australia.
- Europe: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Austria.
- Specific dates vary from year to year—these are posted on the program’s main page—but key milestones remain the same on an annual basis.
- The Call for Proposals is opened in September and closes in October.
- Applications are evaluated by an adjudication committee by January.
- Funded activities may begin as early as January 1.
- Claims for reimbursement with accompanying progress reports may be submitted starting in April.
- Funded activities must be completed by December 31 at the latest.
- Final reports and final claims must be submitted by the end of January at the latest.
- The main funding process occurs once a year using a comparative adjudication process.
- Applications are evaluated by an adjudication committee using the assessment criteria.
- Communities must provide expected results of the proposed activities, and report actual results against these as part of submitting claims for payment.
- Successful applicants are required to sign a legal agreement with the Government of Canada detailing the activities and funds authorized.
- Recipients must complete and pay for the authorized activities before submitting a claim to receive funds. The program contributes to the recipients’ initiatives to a maximum amount of 50 percent of eligible expenses.
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