Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

November 12, 2010 13:09 ET

$30 Million Awarded to Date for Quebec, More Than $800,000 for the Laurentides and Lanaudiere Regions

Temporary Initiative for the Strengthening of Quebec's Forest Economies

MONT-LAURIER, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today gave a first progress report on the financial assistance awarded to the Laurentides and Lanaudière regions under the Temporary Initiative for the Strengthening of Quebec's Forest Economies (TISQFE). To date, $30 million has been invested in Quebec as a whole. In the Laurentides and Lanaudière regions, $844,787 in federal funding has been granted to 9 projects under this initiative. These projects will generate investments of $2,958,062 and their proponents expect that 45 jobs will be created and maintained.

"The report I am presenting today illustrates the Government of Canada's determination to support our industries, create jobs and spur regional economic growth. In fact, I encourage Laurentides and Lanaudière enterprises and organizations to submit projects," said the Minister of State.

In effect since June 2010, the TISQFE is aimed at assisting communities affected by the forest crisis in diversifying their economies to sustain their growth and creating and maintaining jobs. "Its goal is also to support small and medium-sized enterprises in these communities in their efforts to ensure their survival and sustainable development," Mr. Lebel concluded.

The $30 million will serve to carry out 79 projects across Quebec. These projects will generate investments of close to $115 million in the various regions affected by the forestry crisis and their proponents estimate that 1,645 jobs will be created and maintained.

The TISQFE is one of a series of measures our government has introduced in recent months to mitigate the effects of the forestry crisis. Others include the $1 billion granted to the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program to help enterprises undertake environmentally-friendly projects within their facilities and the $230 million invested, in collaboration with the Government of Quebec, for silvicultural work and the restoration of bridges and culverts on forest roads. Workers are also benefiting from their fair share of support, with the Government of Canada introducing some of the most generous measures in history to help them through the economic crisis.

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Status report on projects funded under the Temporary Initiative for the Strengthening of Quebec's Forest Economies

Laurentides and Lanaudière

Backgrounder

Proponent   Description - Investment - Contribution
Atelier Pli-Soude Inc.   Non-repayable contribution of $61,250 on a total investment of $526,250. This startup project stems from the proponent's desire to convert a former logging company, S.M. Logging, which had ceased operations, into an enterprise specializing in the manufacture of metal products. Located in the Antoine-Labelle Regional County Municipality (RCM), Atelier Pli-Soude specializes in manufacturing metal supports for pickup trucks, building structures for floating docks for the residential sector, machining parts for the transportation sector and sub-contract manufacturing of metal parts.

Laurentides
JECC Mécanique Ltd.   Repayable contribution of $291,012 on a total investment of $1,105,524. Located in the Matawinie RCM, JECC Mécanique Ltd. began operations in 1992, specializing in the design, custom-manufacture and modification of equipment for the dry material (plastics and wood) recycling industry as well as in industrial equipment maintenance. The project involves acquiring, installing and commissioning specialized strategic equipment and expanding its manufacturing shop by 13,000 square metres.

Lanaudière
Village des jeunes Notre-Dame de Toute Joie   Non-repayable contribution of $118,600 on a total investment of $237,200. The enterprise Village des Jeunes Notre-Dame de Toute Joie operates a year-round holiday camp consisting of several lodges that can accommodate 170 people. The project involves enhancing the facilities in order to raise the quality of the tourism offering in the Matawinie RCM and thereby attract clients from outside Quebec.

Lanaudière
Kabania   Repayable contribution of $97,500 on a total investment of $205,000. Located in Notre-Dame-de-la Merci in the Matawinie RCM, near the banks of the Ouareau River and edges of the forest, Kabania is a new recreational tourism accommodation concept consisting of cabins supported by 10-foot high piles. The project involves the construction of nine cabins built on piles, service buildings and relaxation areas. The site is slated to open in winter 2011.

Lanaudière
Auberge Aux Quatre Matins Inc.   Repayable contribution of $63,500 on a total investment of $142,000. The Auberge aux Quatre Matins is a three-star inn located in Saint-Côme. The project involves enhancing the quality of the inn's rooms and adding new spa-type activities to increase its tourist traffic and economic impact within the Matawinie RCM.

Lanaudière

Corporation du Parc du Poisson Blanc
  Non-repayable contribution of $60,000 on a total investment of $200,000. Located in the Antoine-Labelle RCM, the Corporation du Parc du Poisson Blanc is a non-profit organization dedicated to the management and development of the new Parc du Poisson Blanc regional park in Notre-Dame-du-Laus. The project involves the construction of a reception pavilion on the Poisson Blanc reservoir tourism site where the regional park is located.

Laurentides
Granules Hautes Laurentides Inc.   Repayable contribution of $29,500 on a total investment of $218,000. Located in the Antoine-Labelle RCM, Granules Hautes Laurentides is a startup business specializing in the production of wood pellets for the residential market. This project involves construction of the plant, acquisition of production equipment and operations associated with the company's startup. Canada Economic Development's contribution relates to the acquisition of production equipment.

Laurentides
Corporation de développement communautaire des Hautes-Laurentides   Non-repayable contribution of $75,500 on a total investment of $204,238. The Corporation de développement communautaire des Hautes-Laurentides proposes a structuring project aimed at providing the Antoine-Labelle RCM with a strategic business plan integrating sustainable development principles. This project is the result of a concerted effort by the RCM's key socioeconomic development stakeholders.

Laurentides
Les Attaches Sunpak Canada Inc.   Repayable contribution of $47,925 on a total investment of $119,850. The firm Les Attaches Sunpak Canada Inc. specializes in the design, assembly and commercialization of nuts & bolts sets for commercial hardware stores. The project involves the acquisition of production equipment which will ensure the long-term development of a company that helps diversify the Antoine-Labelle RCM economy.

Laurentides

Summary

Total number of projects: 9

Contributions from Canada Economic Development: $844,787

Investments generated by these projects: $2,958,062

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Canada Economic Development
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    Benoit Fortin - Special Assistant, Communications
    819-997-3319
    benoit.fortin@dec-ced.gc.ca
    or
    For information:
    Canada Economic Development
    Jean-Francois Lauzon - Communications
    514-283-0306 / Cell.: 514-895-6237
    jean-francois.lauzon@dec-ced.gc.ca