Mission and intervention priorities

The Centres locaux de développement (CLD) were created in 1998, in partnership with the Québec government and the municipalités régionales de comté (MRC) or the cities, depending on the case, further to the adoption of the policy regarding support for local and regional development. Their mandate is to encourage the social and economic development of the community they serve.

The CLD Beauharnois-Salaberry is therefore dedicated to the socio-economic development of the territory of the MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry in order to maintain and create jobs, thereby increasing collective enrichment. The organization aims to create, maintain and promote a climate that is conducive to such development, as stimulate entrepreneurship, provide the means and services that are necessary to the investors and developers of socio-economic projects, including social economy enterprises.

To achieve its mission, the Centre local de développement Beauharnois-Salaberry (CLD) structures its activities around these principal mandates:

  • Coordination of the regional efforts within the framework of the 2008-2011 economic redeployment strategy.
  • Administration of a one-stop multiservice dedicated to entrepreneurship and tailored to the region .
  • Promotion of the territory of Beauharnois-Salaberry, while recruiting foreign investors.
  • Management of the investment funds put at its disposal.
  • Elaboration of a local plan of action in matters of socio-economic development and job development.
  • Entrepreneurial development through various programs including the Soutien au travail autonome program and the “Notre relève en affaires” foundation.

In parallel, the CLD offers technical support to entrepreneurs and investors to encourage growth and diversification within the territory. The technical support offered includes, especially:

  • The financial assistance programs.
  • The services of industrial commissioners.
  • Technical assistance for drawing up business plans, looking for financing and monitoring the progress of the business.
  • Mentoring in matters of agriculture and the agri-food sector.
  • Mentoring in cooperative and social economy.
  • Mentoring for projects involving expansion and succession.
  • The implementation of consultation, orientation, networking and referral activities.
  • Access to a legal advisor (1 hour) and to accounting services (4 hours) free of charge for entrepreneurs who have used the services of the CLD.
  • Access to customized advice regarding the ad hoc training offered (starting a business, taxation for SMBs, labour laws, legal forms, negotiating with banking institutions, etc.).
  • Access to a documentation centre that includes reference material, including the collection “Entreprendre” by the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship.