Gatineau, February 8, 2022 — Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions has granted a non-repayable contribution of $230,000 to Cilex to support the creation, launch and growth of businesses with high growth potential in the Outaouais region.
This financial aid will allow Cilex to focus on consolidating and improving its services to local businesses, which will help strengthen the regional ecosystem. Cilex management will thus be able to develop more local, national, and international partnerships aimed at start-ups. This will help the incubator attract a higher number of projects, allowing it to select those showing the greatest potential while optimizing the integration of research and development activities.
Furthermore, the grant will enable the implementation of new incubation and acceleration services for businesses in the cybersecurity sector. It is worth noting that Cilex is the organization leading Connexité, the Gatineau innovation zone project.
“Helping businesses grow and innovate so they can enhance their competitiveness and create high-quality jobs remains one of our core priorities. This is why we are providing our support to Cilex, an organization whose success shines a spotlight not only on the Outaouais region but on the entire Canadian economy. We are here to support Quebec and Canadian workers and SMEs in these difficult times; we are helping them find appropriate tools so that we can rebuild a stronger, more resilient and more sustainable economy together,” said The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
“The Government of Canada aims to assist the country’s businesses and regions in preparing for the economy of the future and in helping them seize emerging business opportunities. That is why we are offering our support to the various regions of Quebec, like here in the Outaouais, so they can each develop their unique assets. It is essential to rely on these assets to ensure an inclusive recovery and create quality jobs in all our communities,” said Greg Fergus, MP for Hull—Aylmer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Treasury Board.
“We are pleased to be able to count on the financial support of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. This grant shows the trust that the Agency has in the services we offer. The funding will allow us to help more start-ups with high growth potential and to better catalyze business development,” said Martin A. Roy, Cilex General Director.
Since its launch in 2005, Cilex has carried the mission of supporting businesses with their innovative projects, as well as fostering partnerships between companies or with universities and research centres both in and outside Quebec. If you too would like to benefit from Cilex’s support in your innovative projects, do not hesitate to contact us!
Communications Adviser, Cilex