Certificate in Local Government: Community Economic Development

Who is this certificate intended for?

The program is intended for local government administrators, community economic development professionals and community practitioners. Community economic development seeks to respond to the interrelated challenges of creating viable, sustainable and resilient communities by working with and building upon the strengths of the community. Solutions that have their genesis rooted in the community can provide lasting solutions to the ever changing economic and social landscape.

What is the purpose of this certificate?

Community economic development provides a platform for constructive dialogue, mutual learning and the development of social capital. The intent of this Certificate program is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide leadership in community economic development within a local government setting.

Get your credentials

All courses in this certificate can be used towards certification through the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC)

Earn your MBA

  • Certificates can be laddered into an MBA in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University.

How long does it take?

The certificate in Local Government Administration can be completed in under two years. It consists of the following six courses:

This is only a suggested sequence of courses; students can begin the certificate at any of the three terms.


Courses taken for this and other certificates through the Local Government Program can be counted towards the educational component of certification offered through the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC). EDAC’s Ec.D. Designation (Certified Economic Developer) is Canada’s Professional Designation of choice amongst industry, employers and the Profession.

See our Registration Form for upcoming course offerings.