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Capital croissance PME (CCPME) is an investment fund committed to providing Québec SMEs with patient capital to support them in their expansion, R&D, business acquisition and productivity optimization projects. Our specific focus is the economic development of companies located in all regions of Québec.

We also strive to promote business succession strategies that keep SME ownership in Québec.


The CCPME fund is capitalized in equal shares by La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and
Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at June 30, 2016, it held $254.9 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.


Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins (CRCD)

With more than 104,000 shareholders, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins (CRCD) is a public company with $1,789 million in net assets. CRCD contributes to Québec economic development through several levers developed with its manager, Desjardins Business Capital régional et coopératif. These levers, with CRCD as the driving force, form its entrepreneurial ecosystem designed to value and nurture the best of Québec entrepreneurship. Through its ecosystem, CRCD supports the growth of nearly 420 businesses, cooperatives and funds in various industries spanning all Québec regions, helping to create and retain more than 71,300 jobs.


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Desjardins Business Capital régional et coopératif is the development capital and venture capital fund manager for Desjardins Group. It makes equity and debt investments in dynamic and innovative companies to generate optimal returns for its funds under management, in line with each fund’s investment policy.



Created in 2010, the Capital croissance PME (CCPME) fund began operating with a capital base of $200 million, which raised up to $220 million.

The investment period for Phase I of the CCPME fund ran from July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013. The amounts invested were used to meet the financial requirements of each project, which ranged in value from $100,000 to $5 million.

Final report of Phase I as at December 31, 2013

  • Total capital invested: more than $200 million
  • Number of investments made: 186 investments in small-cap companies throughout Québec
  • 68% of the total number of investments have been for amounts under $1 million.

Spurred by the success of CCPME I, La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins agreed to create Phase II to pick up where Phase I left off. The new capital from CCPME II is also being invested over a three-year term.

New capitalization
The fund’s capital base has been increased to $230 million, divided equally by the two founding partners.

New amounts invested
Investments in Phase II range between $100,000 and $5 million.

As at December 31, 2016, total investments made by CCPME I and CCPME II amounted to $374 million, committed to support 322 companies throughout Québec.