Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is the Canadian federal government agency responsible for helping to build economic capacity in the Atlantic Provinces by working with the people of the region – in their communities, through their institutions and with their local and provincial governments and businesses – to create jobs and enhance earned incomes. Planned spending for 2011-2012 consists of $170M for enterprise development, $100M for community development, $36M for internal services and $11M for policy, advocacy and coordination.

The Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, P.C., M.P. He was appointed by the Prime Minister on May 18 2011.

The head office is located in Moncton, New Brunswick with regional offices located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as a liaison office in Ottawa.

ACOA is also responsible for a subsidiary federal Crown corporation named Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC), which has a similar function to ACOA but a specific jursdictional mandate which includes all of Cape Breton Island and a portion of mainland Nova Scotia in and around the Town of Mulgrave.

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