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Government of Canada invests in snowmobile and quad trails in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions

VAL D'OR, QC, Apr 8, 2021 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions invests nearly $1.4 million in snowmobile and quad trail maintenance in both regions to help attract winter activity enthusiasts from home and abroad in the coming years.

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The practice of winter trail activities contributes to Quebec's regional vitality. In the context of a global pandemic, several regions have been impacted by the temporary absence of international tourists. Outdoor activities have nonetheless enabled local people to enjoy themselves and take advantage of Canada's natural beauty and richness, while also helping to diversify the economies of our communities.

To showcase more broadly the unparalleled attractions around Quebec's regions and to enable businesses and organizations offering winter trail activities to be ready for the next season, we must continue to invest in trail maintenance and provide an optimal experience to tourists from home and abroad.

Enhancing the experience of future winter seasons

With this in mind, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier, Quebec Lieutenant and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED, today announced financial support totalling $1,399,211 for the Club Quad du Cuivre Rouyn-Noranda, the Club de moto-neige de Lebel sur Quévillon, the Club d'auto neige Chibougamau, the Club de moto-neige de Malartic, the Club de motoneige d'Amos, the Club Motoneigiste M.R.C. Rouyn-Noranda and the Club Moto-neige Matagami through the Winter Tourism Initiative.

Additional information on the projects is provided in a related backgrounder.

The Government of Canada is keen to support recreational, cultural and sports projects that have a positive impact on tourism and the local economy, especially in these uncertain times. The investments announced today are helping to improve and prepare facilities for the post-COVID-19 recovery, and these initiatives will benefit all Canadians, and then tourists from around the world.

Quotes

"Since the start of the pandemic, hundreds of kilometres of trails in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions have enabled Quebecers to get away. Today, we are investing to improve the trails so that people can benefit even more from their regions' magnificent scenery. This will make a concrete difference in the lives of local families and, in coming years, will attract even more tourists from home and from around the world. Thank you to all of the employees and volunteers who work hard to provide proper maintenance to the trails!"

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier, Quebec Lieutenant and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

"Tourism is an economic engine for all our communities and will be a key part of our economic recovery. Winter tourism dynamizes regions during the coldest months of the year and, as we have seen during the pandemic, it contributes not only to citizens' well-being but also to the vitality of local economies. Our government is proud to promote initiatives such as these, which are having a positive impact on regional economic development, supporting good jobs for the middle class and bringing joy to people in a Nordic country such as ours."

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED

Quick facts

    --  The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development
        and Official Languages, is also the minister responsible for
        the six regional development agencies (RDAs), including CED.
    --  With an initial budget of $10M over two years from CED's Quebec
        Economic Development Program, the Winter Tourism Initiative
        aims to boost the practice of winter trail activities and
        sports and the resulting economic spin-offs. It enables
        organizations to acquire equipment and sustain safe maintenance
        activities for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and quad
        trails. Given the significant spin-offs of many of the projects
        presented through the Initiative, the budget has been topped up
        to a current total of nearly $13M.
    --  CED is a key federal partner in Quebec's regional economic
        development. With its 12 regional business offices, CED
        accompanies businesses, supporting organizations and all
        regions across Quebec into tomorrow's economy.


Backgrounder: Supporting winter tourism in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord?du?Québec regions

Val-d'Or, Quebec, April 8, 2021 - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The following information is in addition to the news release issued on April 8, 2021, outlining CED's financial assistance per organization.

Summary

    --  7 projects supported by CED
    --  $1,399,211 in CED financial contributions


Details

        Recipient
     City
            Non-repayable
                                                      contribution from CED

    ---

                  Club
                   Quad
                   du
                   Cuivre
                   Rouyn-
                   Noranda
                   inc.
     Rouyn-Noranda                             $164,250

    ---

                  Club
                   de
                   moto-
                   neige
                   de
                   Malartic
                   inc.
     Malartic                                  $176,925

    ---

                  Club
                   Motoneigiste
                   M.R.C.
                   Rouyn-
                   Noranda
                   inc.
     Rouyn-Noranda                             $186,503

    ---

                  Le
                   Club
                   de
                   motoneige
                   d'Amos
                   inc.
     Amos                                      $197,922

    ---

                  Club
                   d'auto
                   neige
                   Chibougamau
                   inc.
     Chibougamau                               $203,691

    ---

                  Club
                   Moto-
                   neige
                   Matagami
                   inc.
     Matagami                                  $225,339

    ---

                  Club
                   de
                   moto-
                   neige
                   de
                   Lebel
                   sur
                   Quévillon
                   inc.
     Lebel-sur-Quévillon                       $244,581

    ---

Associated links

    --  Winter Tourism Initiative
    --  Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
    --  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)


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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

View original content: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2021/08/c3938.html

SOURCE: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

SOURCE: Government of Canada

Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions,
dec.media.ced@canada.ca; Catherine Mounier-Desrochers, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages,
catherine.mounier-desrochers@canada.ca
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