News Release Article from  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Government of Canada Supports Youth Entrepreneurs Who Are Helping Grow Atlantic Canada's Economy

Annual Enactus Canada competition celebrates and rewards excellence in community and entrepreneurial leadership

February 25, 2016 – Halifax, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Post-secondary students from across Atlantic Canada are gathering in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from February 25-26, for the 2016 Enactus Canada Regional Exposition. The Atlantic Canadian event celebrates the achievements of Canada’s future leaders and helps them develop their entrepreneurial skills through competition.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced funding of more than $36,000 in support of the annual regional exposition.

Over 150 post-secondary students and academics representing universities and colleges from Atlantic Canada are participating in the event. In the regional competition, students are given the opportunity to present the results of their innovative community projects and business ventures to panels of business leaders serving as judges. Winners of the competition, which are also held in other regions of the country, will move on to compete at national and world levels.

Quick Facts:

  • The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is investing $36,061 to assist Enactus Canada in organizing the 2016 Regional Exposition.
  • Small businesses account for 98 percent of all firms in Atlantic Canada, and are responsible for nearly 79 percent of net job creation since 2005. In total, small businesses create almost 4,000 jobs each year in Atlantic Canada. (Statistic Canada – June 2015)
  • During the 2014-2015 academic year alone, Enactus Canada mobilized 2,659 students across Canada in implementing 288 community development projects and employing 1,025 people through skill development and business creation.
  • Enactus is active in 36 countries, using the power of entrepreneurial actions of students who see business as a way to address social issues, to transform lives and create a more sustainable world.


“Individually and collectively, young entrepreneurs are a tremendous asset to the region’s economy, and by supporting organizations such as Enactus Canada, the Government of Canada is supporting their efforts to create jobs and opportunities in their communities, as well as contribute to the economic wealth of Atlantic Canada.”

-       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

“Our Government is committed to making real change happen - by doing different things and doing things differently. By nurturing and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of our young people with the knowledge, resources and skills they need to succeed, we are supporting their efforts as they promote economic growth and prosperity for all Canadians.”  

-        Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax

“Entrepreneurship and innovation are key to Canada’s economic success and the 2,650 Enactus students across Canada bring these concepts to life everyday through their community projects and business ventures. The Halifax Regional Expo showcases how Enactus students in Atlantic Canada are advancing the social, economic and environmental health of their communities, and changing lives through entrepreneurship.” 

-       Nicole Almond, President, Enactus Canada

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Enactus Canada
416-304-1566 / ext. 222

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