The First Nation-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) is a joint initiative delivered by Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), funded by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The purpose of CEDI is to increase the capacity of participating First Nations and adjacent municipalities to build sustainable partnerships and to engage in joint long-term land use and community economic development planning and initiatives. It provides accompaniment to selected applicants, including relationship-building workshops, technical expertise and learning opportunities, as well as a modest capacity development grant to build the capacity of the partnership to advance a joint community economic development initiative. Having completed a pilot phase (2013-2016) with six First Nation-municipal partnerships and a second phase (2016-2021) with nine additional partnerships, the program is well positioned for growth. Phase III (2021-2025) provides support to eight new First Nation-municipal partnerships and will see the development of alternative funding and delivery models to increase access to the expertise, knowledge, and support for more communities.
Cando and FCM are seeking a consultant/consulting company with specialization in fund analysis and development to support the CEDI team in exploring potential funding sources for the delivery and expansion of the CEDI Program. This work will support the development of a long-term ‘Sustainable Funding Model’. The contract is expected to begin in March 2023 and should ideally be completed by August 2023.