Who are we?
A network to foster economic growth in communities.
The Réseau des SADC et CAE is a network of 57 Community Futures Development Corporations (SADCs) and 10 Community Business Development Corporations (CAEs), not-for-profit organizations that have been working in economic development in the regions of Quebec for the last 37 years. Its 400 professionals and more than 1,000 passionate volunteers support projects and innovative businesses for prosperous communities. SADCs and CAEs have $265 million in assets for investment, and help and finance over 10,000 businesses and over 1,000 local projects every year
Act as the focal point for SADCs and CAEs in promoting their interests and their expertise, and in sharing and developing innovative tools to ensure the development objectives of their communities.
Proud of our results and confident in our ability to adapt, we are catalysts, pioneers and innovators for the vitality of our communities.
THE RÉSEAU IS
60M$ in annual investments
A network of expertise
In 1995, SADCs and CAEs joined together to form a network to highlight the importance of their individual existence and their interaction, promote discussions and freely share their expertise, without compromising their differences or their autonomy.
Along with the 400 professionals who work in the 67 organizations, more than 1,000 volunteers offer their time, energy, knowledge and skills to the SADC or CAE in their area. We can thus count on people from different economic sectors who are in the best position to identify the needs of their community.
The results of many satisfaction surveys over the years have shown the need for SADCs and CAEs, with clients noting in particular the professionalism of their employees.
THE RÉSEAU IS
A strong and experienced team
At the end of the 1960s, there was a surge in unemployment in different regions in Québec, due to an overall economic slowdown throughout the country. A number of strategies, coming from the grass roots, were seen to emerge to fight the problem. The federal government decided to support such strategies by injecting funds for programs especially designed to create jobs and develop the labour force in regions experiencing hardship. Slowly the idea of giving rural communities the tools they need to take charge of their own development took form.
The SADC and CAE have been working for more than 35 years for the economic development of the regions of Quebec.
More than 1,400 professionals and volunteers support innovative projects and businesses for thriving communities.