The partner organizations located at the Rural Action Centres are focused on business and community development. We invite you to learn more about these organizations and the specific programs and supports they offer to help businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs, employers, nonprofit groups and communities succeed.
ACOA-Creating Opportunities for Economic Growth
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.
Innovation PEI – Helping Business Succeed
Innovation PEI’s Business Development Officers coordinate delivery of information and assistance to new and existing business in Prince Edward Island. Specific assistance includes counselling, financial assistance, and business guidance.
CBDC – Need help starting a business? We can help.
As CBDCs, we assist in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs.
RDÉE – Votre conseil de développement économique.
RDÉE Prince Edward Island Inc. is the provincial francophone economic development council. We offer support services for entrepreneurial and community economic development. We also lead a number of economic and employment development projects.
Fisheries & Communities – Facilitating Growth & Prosperity
Community Development Officers are part of the Rural Economic Development division of the Department of Fisheries & Communities. This division supports community planning, capacity building and strategic economic development projects in Rural Prince Edward Island. Contact the Community Development Officer for your region at your local Rural Action Centre.
Skills PEI delivers employment and skills development programming for job seekers – including entrepreneurs who want to launch their own business, employers, and non-profit community organizations.
North Cape Coastal Drive
North Cape Coastal Tourism Area Partnership Inc. is a regional tourism association with the mandate to promote tourism and represent tourism operators in the North Cape Coastal Drive region, which extends from Summerside to North Cape.
Membership benefits include, but are not limited to, business listings in the 60,000 touring guides printed yearly, social media promotions, discounts on advertising, professional development workshops, social media initiatives and marketing initiatives (including influencers, videos and/or photography). We also attend trade shows on behalf of the region and promote our members at every opportunity.
Island East is the Regional Tourism Association for Eastern PEI. We promote tourism and represent tourism operators located within the Points East Coastal Drive region.
Island East increases awareness of the activities, attractions and natural beauty of Eastern Prince Edward Island, with the goal of increasing tourism visitation to the area. Island East also provides value-added services to members, including professional development, and marketing initiatives. We also coordinate the development and marketing of the tourism industry with provincial tourism organizations, and both provincial and federal government programs and services.
La CIF (la Coopérative d’intégration francophone)
The CIF helps francophone newcomers settle in Prince Edward Island by facilitating their social, economic, educational and cultural integration. Secondly, we raise awareness among the welcoming population—the Island’s Acadian and Francophone community—regarding cultural diversity, the benefits of immigration and the importance of Francophone immigration. We serve the entire province.
Our goal is to welcome and integrate newcomers and immigrants into the Francophone community while maintaining and increasing the Francophone population on Prince Edward Island.
PEI Community Navigators
PEI Community Navigators are an initiative of CBDC West Prince Ventures Limited, under the direction of Executive Director, Maxine Rennie. Welcoming and inclusive communities help keep an area vibrant and viable. Attracting new residents and helping them integrate into the local community can create businesses, generate more trade and commerce, fill jobs, increase the skilled labour force, keep the school and health care facilities open, and, overall, generate wealth in the area. PEI’s community navigator team works with all new residents to the rural regions of Western, Central, and Eastern PEI. For contact information: https://www.cbdc.ca/en/programs/pei-community-navigators
PEI Connectors is an initiative of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce designed to aid integration, success, and retention of immigrants on Prince Edward Island. It works to sustain economic growth by offering support services to businesses owned and operated by immigrants. PEI Connectors offers services at no cost in English, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Persian to encourage connections and provide necessary resources to job seekers and entrepreneurs.