MATANE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $435,880 in non-repayable financial assistance for the startup of the Centre de développement et de recherche en imagerie numérique (CDRIN) in Matane. The organization will use this funding for the purchase of motion capture equipment and software.

"The Government of Canada believes in the vast potential and economic benefits of the Centre de développement et de recherche en imagerie numérique, whose unique expertise in Quebec will serve the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises and further the economic diversification of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region," explained Minister of State Lebel.

Affiliated with Matane CEGEP, a leader in the field, CDRIN will conduct collaborative research and guide enterprises in the development and testing of products and processes in the digital imaging sector and other areas involving computer-modelled motion or human-computer interaction (entertainment, medicine, sport, etc.). Necessitating an overall investment of more than $5 million, this centre will house a motion capture studio featuring all existing technologies in this emerging industry. With this state-of-the-art equipment, CDRIN, which expects to create three new jobs as of its opening, will be in a position to attract a considerable number of small and medium-sized enterprises and researchers.

This funding from Canada Economic Development has been granted through the Business and Regional Growth program, an initiative aimed at helping enterprises engage in more innovation, improve their performance and become more competitive.

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