Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

February 17, 2010 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Grants $92,550 in Funding to Union des Motoneigistes Lac-Saint-Jean Est

ALMA, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $92,550 in non-repayable funding to the Union des motoneigistes Lac-Saint-Jean Est under the Community Diversification program for the acquisition of a third high-performance grooming machine to serve in the upkeep of local snowmobiling trails.

Founded in 1980, Union des motoneigistes Lac-Saint-Jean Est is a non-profit snowmobilers organization of 1,100 members. Among other things, it is responsible for the maintenance of some 315 kilometres of snowmobiling trails in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. This federal funding will allow the organization to increase its frequency of grooming on 126 kilometres of trails—91 kilometres of 83 and 23 Trans-Québec trails (outside the Laurentians Wildlife Reserve) and the 35-kilometre portion of the regional 383 trail it serves—and to continue ensuring users, including a significant number of international tourists, safe, accessible trails that meet snowmobile industry standards.

"Snowmobiling draws a large number of visitors to the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region and helps to extend the tourism season. In fact, it is largely due to the major economic spinoffs generated by this sector that Canada Economic Development was eager to lend its financial support to the Union des motoneigistes Lac-Saint-Jean Est project. Given the exceptional snow conditions in this vast territory, snowmobiling is also instrumental to the development of the winter tourism industry. It is well know that this region, its people and its scenic beauty are a powerful magnet for tourists who flock to it every year," said the Minister of State.

As part of its commitment to encouraging tourism, the Government of Canada implemented an economic action plan that provides $40 million over two years to the Canadian Tourism Commission to promote Canada at home and abroad.

For more on Canada's Economic Action Plan, see www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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