The Regional and Local Development Department provides an essential link between the economic development strategies of the provincial and federal governments and the region’s businesses and social economy enterprises. It is also closely involved in community socio-economic planning and project implementation. The Department’s activities fall under three main sectors: regional development, local development and business development.
The Department is largely funded by the Québec government through the Agreement concerning Block Funding for the Kativik Regional Government (Sivunirmut Agreement). Additional funding is provided by various Québec government departments through specific agreements, as well as by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). In January 2015, the Department renewed its funding agreement with INAC for five years for the continued delivery of front-line economic development services and financial assistance for regional business start-up and expansion activities.