Francophone and Bilingual Economic Development
Economic Development

Building Ontario’s Francophone and Bilingual Economy

The Société Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) is the leader in the economic development of Ontario’s Francophone and bilingual communities. Our approach is to bring together all of our partner organizations and all of the economic players in these communities so that each of them can make their rightful contribution to the growth and prosperity of Ontario and of Canada as a whole. 

At the centre of an innovative, dynamic provincial network, the SÉO plays a distinctive role by acting in multiple spheres to position French-speaking people and organizations as crucial engines of economic development. 

Creating opportunities

The SÉO knows that every region of Ontario is unique and has its own particular needs. We therefore develop projects tailored to the specific characteristics, strengths and challenges of each region. 

To do so, the SÉO makes available, throughout Ontario, the services of consultants who are experts in diagnosing business needs, developing businesses and business projects, and planning for selling businesses. Through our expertise we serve as a catalyst for economic development and help all of the actors in Ontario’s Francophone and bilingual communities work together effectively. 

SÉO Développement économique

Developing Ontario’s regions

The SÉO is the acknowledged expert in helping Francophone newcomers find their place in Ontario’s economy. In this role, we also help to address labour shortages and enhance economic growth in all of the province’s regions by giving each of them the visibility it deserves.

By placing such high priority on regionalization, the SÉO builds ties among Francophone communities in Eastern, Central/Southwestern and Northern Ontario. 

We thus develop and deliver our expertise throughout the province for the benefit of its Francophone and bilingual business communities. 

Ontario’s Champlain Tourism Route
Ontario’s Champlain Tourism Route

Developing Francophone tourism in Ontario 

The Francophone Heritage, Culture and Tourism Corridor

Developing Francophone tourism throughout Canada 

Success Stories
  • Ali Bahri
    Thanks to the SÉO’s guidance and its mentoring program, I was able to get my first real work experience in Canada as a bilingual immigrant and become familiar with how the Canadian job market works.
    Ali Bahri
  • Assïatou Dialo, CEO
    The SÉO’s Structured Mentoring Program does a great deal to strengthen Ontario’s Francophone and bilingual economic space, because immigrants are the main source of growth in the work force. Company : TAAB Cleaning Inc.
    Assïatou Dialo, CEO
  • Colette Soret
    It’s not very often that you come in contact with a provincial network like the Société Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO). My husband and I have benefitted from the SÉO’s personalized guidance for over a year and a half.
    Colette Soret
  • David Nanta
    Through its various programs, the Société Économique de l’Ontario provides a real value-add for a knowledge of the economic market of the most dynamic province in Canada.
    David Nanta
  • Mehdi Noureddine
    SÉO’s services were a great help to me in planning my job search as a newcomer to Canada.
    Mehdi Noureddine
  • Jaoued Bourzik
    I want to offer you our support for the community of newly arrived Francophone immigrants and for your mentoring program, which have enabled us to recruit highly talented people who have become invaluable assets for our growing company. Company : Hertz Canada
    Jaoued Bourzik
  • Ali Soumah
    I want to thank you for your help in coordinating the interviews and the training of the candidates whom we have hired. Many thanks for helping our Francophone business community and for assisting in the economic development of small and medium-sized businesses. Company : A.S. Business Center
    Ali Soumah
  • Audric Zedong
    Long before I arrived in Canada, while I was still in Cameroon, my SÉO counsellor took wonderful care of me. She was dedicated and always there when I needed her. She and I went over everything that I needed to find a job and fit into Canadian society. The SÉO is like a big family. I can’t thank them enough, and I recommend them very highly
    Audric Zedong
  • Hosni Zaouali
    We would like to congratulate the Société Économique de l’Ontario for having set up this program. Over 60% of our employees at Voilà Learning have been immigrants. Without the SÉO’s help, without this program, we wouldn’t still be here today.
    Hosni Zaouali
  • Jean-Charles Tanzilli
    My husband and I benefitted from the SÉO’s services before and after we settled in Ottawa in July 2018.
    Jean-Charles Tanzilli