By Kevin Woodhouse
Despite the provincial government’s abolition of 12 of its 18 CLDs (Développement économique West Island) last fall through Bill 28, the West Island CLD was not on the chopping block.
Now, the West Island agency—one of six across the province not to be completely abolished—has added Lachine to its territory.
“A transfer mechanism was implemented in order to ensure that no file is found orphan and to minimize the effects of regrouping on entrepreneurs and businesses,” noted the West Island CLD via press release.
The amalgamation will now be known as the CLD’s Western Hub and must work with a contracted budget, 45 per cent of what it was last year or a total of about $8 million for the island of Montreal.
The new Western Hubs board will be made up of 15 members, of which one of the spots is set aside for Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin.
“Entrepreneurs who are active within the Western Hub can continue to benefit from local expertise and synergy of the services offered,” noted West Island CLD Board of Directors president Roger Morin.
Despite the change in CLDs and budget contractions, West Island CLD director General Nicolas Roy assured users that services “offered do not change and we will ensure that the entrepreneurs who come knocking on our door do not feel the changes that have occurred.”
A Lachine CLD service centre is still open at 735 Notre Dame to help out area entrepreneurs.
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