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Factor 5 Group is developing a comprehensive certification program for Community Economic Development (CED). In doing so, we will examine a range of certification models such as the Green Building Council’s LEED program, and the Economic Developers Association of Canada’s Ec.D professional designation. This process will include comprehensive engagement of CED practitioners and stakeholders from all across CanadaThe purpose of the certification program would be to:


1) Establish standards of practice in the field of Economic Development based on CED principles

2) Provide tools to assist practitioners in developing economic development projects, programs and policies that achieve CED

3) Recognize projects, programs and policies through which communities, governments and practitioners achieve excellence in CED


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