Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

August 23, 2010 10:30 ET

Domaine des oiseaux Granted $148,000 in Government of Canada Funding to Help Improve Tourism Offering in Albanel

ALBANEL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the granting of $100,000 in repayable funding to Domaine des oiseaux for the construction of four new accommodation units to supplement the lodging facility's two existing units. The project also benefited from $48,000 in non-repayable financial assistance from Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Necessitating an overall investment of more than $200,000, this initiative will enable the Municipality of Albanel to accommodate a greater number of tourists from outside Quebec. The project is being carried out thanks to the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), a support measure provided for under Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The Minister of State for Canada Economic Development said he is extremely pleased to see that tourism development is a priority for Albanel. "Since its extension, the Véloroute des bleuets has been constantly gaining in popularity and this has highlighted the need to improve the tourism offering all along the trail. This Domaine des oiseaux project is aimed precisely at addressing the need for increased lodging in the area. Faced with greater accommodation options, touring cyclists will be more likely to extend their stay in the region, which will in turn create a lever effect that is sure to benefit the entire local economy," he explained.

"In following their dreams and creating this much-needed tourist attraction, the individuals behind this project are a true source of inspiration. Their achievement illustrates the growing contribution that Aboriginal peoples are making to their regional economy," noted the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

The Government of Canada established the Community Adjustment Fund to assist the communities most severely affected by the economic downturn, particularly those with a heavy reliance on resource development or whose economic base rests largely on manufacturing. The portion of the Fund allocated to Canada Economic Development is nearly $212 million over two years.

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    Canada Economic Development
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
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    Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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