Project Description & Overview


°  What was CARILED?

°  Who managed CARILED?

°  Where did CARILED work?

°  How did CARILED work?

°  How did CARILED Help?

°  Which Canadian municipalities partnered with CARILED?



What was CARILED?

The Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) was a five year project (amended from six years) to develop and test models of Local Economic Development (LED) across the Caribbean.


Time Frame: May 2012 – September 2017


Funding: CAD $23 million
    – CAD $19 million – The Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada
   – CAD $4 million – In-kind contributions by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, as well as other Caribbean and
    Commonwealth partners.


Teams: The CARILED project had a main regional office in Trinidad and Tobago, and project teams in Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Lucia (OECS Sub-Office).  CARILED also had staff within the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Canada. CARILED also worked with Local Economic Development Officers (LEDOs) and local government partners in seven (7) countries.




Who managed CARILED?

CARILED was implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, in partnership with:

  • Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM)
  • Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA)
  • Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)

CARILED was also guided by a Technical Working Group and governed by a Project Steering Committee. For more information on CARILED Partners and governance structure, click here.


CARILED also collaborated with:

  • Ministries of Local Government
  • Ministries of Social and Community Development
  • National Advisory Groups for Local Economic Development
  • Local Economic Development Planning and Advisory Groups
  • The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
  • The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
  • Academic Organizations (The University of the West Indies, The University of Belize, The University of Guyana, among others)
  • Private Sector
  • Civil Society
  • Communities




Where did CARILED work?

In Phases I and II, the project concentrated activities in 36 communities in seven countries:

  • Belize – Belize City, Belmopan, San Pedro and San Ignacio / Santa Elena


    • Dominica – Soufriere Scotts Head Gallion, Portsmouth and Woodford Hill


    • Grenada – Carriacou and Petite Martinique


    • Guyana – Region 2 (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Region 4 (Demerara- Mahaica), Region 6 (East Berbice – Corentyne), New Amsterdam MC, Region 6  (East Berbice Corentyne), Linden MC, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice), Corriverton MC, Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne), Region 2 – Pomeroon Supenaam includes Tapakuma CDC, Region 3 – Essequibo Islands West Demerara includes Canal Polders NDC, Region 3 – Essequibo Islands West Demerara includes Canal Polders NDC, Region 4 – Demerara Mahaica includes Friendship NDC and Region 4 – Demerara Mahaica expanded to also include Soesdyke / Huis Te Coverden NDC and Mocha / Arcadia NDC


    • Jamaica – Parishes of Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, St. Catherine,  Alliance of Trelawny, St. James and Hanover and the Municipality of Portmore


    • Saint Lucia – Gros Islet Laborie, Laborie, Canaries and Soufriere


  • Trinidad and Tobago – Boroughs of Chaguanas and Point Fortin, Corporations of Princes Town and San Juan / Laventille, Sangre Grande, Couva / Tabaquite/Talparo, Siparia and Tobago


CARILED concluded by hosting a regional knowledge sharing symposium on March 14, 2017, featuring lessons learned on local economic development within the 7 partner countries.




How did CARILED work?

From 2012 to 2017, CARILED supported local governments and agencies towards fostering sustainable local economic development in Caribbean communities through the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

CARILED did this by:

  • Assisting with the preparation of Local Area Economic Profiles
  • Supporting the creation of Local Economic Development Units within Municipalities
  • Guiding Local Economic Development, Strategies, Structures and Programs
  • Providing technical support from Canadian and Caribbean volunteers and consultants
  • Offering and co-hosting Local Economic Development Training and Study Programs
  • Fostering North-South and South-South knowledge sharing.


The project took place under Phases of Operation – Phase 1 | Phase 2 | Phase 3

PHASE 1/ START UP 2012-2014
Key ActivitiesIn seven countries: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago and 24 demonstration communities
  • Support strategic planning for Local Economic Development
  • Provide training and technical assistance
  • Strengthen mechanisms for consultation and collaboration
  • Pilot ‘quick start, quick win’ initiatives to support MSMEs
  • Engage national governments on policies and programs to support LED

PHASE 2/ROLL OUT 2014-2016Key ActivitiesIn seven countries: In seven countries: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago

  • Assess outcomes and pilot initiatives
  • Document and share lessons-learned and good practices
  • Assist national governments and organizations to scale up LED approaches to more communities
  • Support demonstration communities to become models of LED

PHASE 3/ EXPANSION 2016-2017Key Activities

  • Support knowledge sharing activities throughout CARICOM region, including 7 additional countries: Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Suriname – This activity was not realized as the program closed in September 2017 instead of March 2018.
  • Assist regional organizations and associations, such as CALGA, to promote and support best practices and policies that enable LED




How Did CARILED Help?

In many Caribbean countries, national governments and donor agencies provide significant support to micro, small and medium- sized enterprises. However, few local governments have the necessary resources to actively facilitate and co-ordinate local economic development initiatives in their jurisdiction.

Further obstacles to local government involvement in LED included:

  • Lack of policy and legislative framework
  • Poor local and central government program coordination
  • Shortage of business development expertise
  • Limited financial resources
  • Challenges in monitoring and evaluation


Initiatives developed under the CARILED umbrella will support local government authorities that aims to encourage existing businesses, attract new local economic development ventures, and put in place services that meet the needs of men and women entrepreneurs.

Activities undertaken within the scope of CARILED will also integrate the following themes:

  • Gender
  • Environment
  • Communication and Outreach
  • Knowledge Management
  • Program Co-ordination




Which Canadian municipalities partnered with CARILED?

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has over 2000 municipalities within its membership. Currently twenty-two municipalities partner directly with CARILED. They included:


 alberta-canada-crest-sm Alberta City of Calgary
Parkland County
Town of Sylvan Lake
Vulcan BDS
 British-Columbia-canada-sm British Colombia Colombia Shuswap Regional District
District of Lake Country
Township of Langley
 New-Brunswick-canada-sm New Brunswick City of Saint John
Town of Quispamis
 Newfoundland-and-Labrador-canada-sm Newfoundland and Labrador City of Mount Pearl
City of St. John’s
Town of Torbay
 Nova-Scotia-canada-sm Nova Scotia Town of Antigonish
Town of Truro
 Ontario-canada-sm Ontario City of Barrie
City of Greater Sudbury
City of London
City of Ottawa
Northumberland County
Prince Edward County
 Québec-canada-sm Quebec MRC Argenteuil


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