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Who are we

The Société de développement économique de la C.-B. (SDÉCB) is a non-profit organization working in the economic field since 1998. It was created following a community consultation conducted by the Federation of Francophones of British Columbia as part of its Global Development Plan, with the support of the Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan). In 2023, the organization celebrated its 25th anniversary!

Société de développement économique de la C.-B.

Our Vision :

The SDÉCB is the leader in economic development for the Francophone community of British Columbia.

Our Mission:

Foster a flourishing economic and professional future for Francophones in British Columbia.

Our Values :

We are pleased to present these values which reflect the very essence of the SDÉCB, as well as its Board of Directors and employees.

Innovation :

Being creative and adaptable to meet current and future needs.

Sustainability :

Aiming for a positive long-term impact on clients and the environment.

Partnership Promotion :

Supporting collaboration that is essential for driving action and achieving results.

Community Engagement :

Supporting individuals in their economic integration and the community in its development initiatives.

Our Clients :

Our clients include immigrants, women, youth, and English speakers wishing to offer services in French.

Our Story :

Budget & Funding

Between 1998 and 2023, the SDÉCB’s annual budget increased from $300,000 to nearly $3 million. Its growth results from the remarkable work of its employees and exceptional relationships with its main funders :

  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC),
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Economic
  • Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)

Human Resources

The SDÉCB is administered by volunteers who rely on a permanent team of around twenty employees, all loyal, supportive, and very involved in programs and projects. They come from different countries: Canada, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Multiculturalism is a fundamental characteristic of Canadian identity and heritage.

Areas of Expertise

The SDÉCB’s main achievements are related to economic immigration, business services, youth economic development, community development, sustainable development and tourism. However, the SDÉCB is open to working on any initiatives that promote the Francophones’ economic development.

Key Moments in SDÉCB's History

1998

Incorporation

1999

Memorandum of Understanding – RDÉE-Canada

Creation of Business Services Sector

First Contribution Agreement – Western Diversification Canada

First Contribution Agreement – Human Resources Development Canada

Creation of Community Economic Development Sector

2000

Recruitment of 5 regional development officers

Creation of Tourism Sector

2003

Partnership with Tourism BC and Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat – Francophone Affairs

2004

Creation of SDÉCB – Women in Business Sector

Opening of SDÉCB Office – Kelowna

2006

First Mentorship Program

Partnership with Canadian Tourism Commission

2007

First SDÉCB Mission in France – Skilled Worker Recruitment

Memorandum of Understanding – SDÉCB & Small Business BC

Memorandum of Understanding – SDÉCB & Community Futures Development Association of BC

Memorandum of Understanding – SDÉCB & Women’s Enterprise Centre

2009

Hosting – 'Western Francophone Tourist Corridor' Project

2010

Francophonie Place – 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

Project – Économusées Network

2012

First Business Mentorship Program for Women – Women’s Enterprise Model

Participation – Employment Forum – Destination Canada

2014

Survey – Needs Evaluation of Official Language Minority Communities – OLMCs

Collaboration – Creation of Executive Committee of Pan-Canadian Forum on Economic Development in Canadian Francophonie

2015

Collaboration – Project – Direct Flight between Vancouver and Paris by Air France

2017

First Contribution Agreement – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Organisation of the first Speed-Jobbing: Recruitment Event

First participation in Liaison Tour organized by the Embassy of Canada

Launch of the new Townsite Brewing Économusée® in Powell River and completion of Wayward Distillation House Économusée® in Courtenay

2018

Celebrations of the SDÉCB's 20th anniversary & Élan Economic Symposium

Implementation of the Francophone Immigrants Economic Integration Program (PIEI)

2019

Launch of the Bilingual Explorer Pocket Guide

2020

Participation in the Early Childhood Partners Committee of BC

Implementation of a contingency plan to address the pandemic

Adaptation of entrepreneurship consulting services and activities to online platforms.

Transition of the Speed-Jobbing event to a 100% online format

Management – Applied Skills Curriculum to Empower Newcomer Development - ASCEND Program

Creation and launch of the program: Feeling Good in your Body, your Mind, and your Business

Creation and launch of the Women's Leadership Program

Creation of the Francophone Western Economic Development Fund – FDEFO

2021

Management – LENA Program – Business Launch for Newcomers

Campaign to promote careers of the future among young people

Management of the ProAction Pan-Canadian Program – Structured Mentorship and Canadian Experience Program for Candidates and Employers

Creation of a position and recruitment of a dedicated resource for youth economic development service

Launch of Individual Business Mentorship for Entrepreneurs – Mentorship Network Model

Creation of the Jobs and Careers Forum with the CSF’s schools

Creation of the Careers Exploration Program – Étincelle

2022

Inauguration and opening of new more spacious offices in Kelowna to address the employees increase

2023

New strategic planning and programming for 2023-2028

Completion of the first levels of Ecocert certification

Member of the National Network of RDÉE Canada

The SDÉCB is proud to be part of the national network of RDÉE Canada, which includes 12 members present in each province and territory, with the exception of Quebec. This network is committed to promoting the economic development of Francophone and Acadian communities by supporting collective initiatives of its members, while ensuring national leadership focused on collaboration and partnerships.