Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

February 15, 2010 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Grants $95,000 in Funding to Club Les Aventuriers de Charlevoix Inc.

CLERMONT, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $95,000 in non-repayable funding to Club Les Aventuriers de Charlevoix Inc. through the Community Diversification program for the acquisition of a snow grooming machine.

Founded in 1971, Club Les Aventuriers de Charlevoix Inc. is a non-profit organization that oversees maintenance of 324 kilometres of snowmobiling trails, among them the No. 3 Trans-Quebec trail running between Saint-Simeon and Baie-Sainte-Catherine. This trail serves as a vital link among the Quebec, Charlevoix, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Cote-Nord regions.

"During high season, snowmobiling holds a place of prime importance in Charlevoix, which is hardly surprising given the area's exceptional snow conditions. Canada Economic Development is proud to lend its financial support to this project, all the more so in that it promises to bolster winter tourism revenues in the region. This contribution to the Club Les Aventuriers de Charlevoix Inc. is entirely in line with the Government of Canada's goal of helping Quebec communities increase their drawing power. Indeed, this support from the government to the snowmobiling sector will serve to foster the growth of an industry whose development is sure to have a concrete impact on communities," explained the Minister of State.

This project is expected to help Charlevoix strengthen its assets. Organized snowmobiling generates some $30 million in economic spinoffs every year for the region, benefiting such local businesses as hotels, restaurants and equipment rental shops, among others. Moreover, Club Les Aventuriers de Charlevoix Inc. will be contributing to the efforts deployed by regional economic stakeholders in the greater Quebec region to promote and strengthen the positive reputation of the province's network of 33,500 kilometres of snowmobile trails, 533 of which crisscross the magnificent Charlevoix region, on markets outside Quebec, particularly in the New England states and France.

Tourism development is a priority for the Government of Canada. Indeed, in its economic action plan adopted last year, the government set aside $40 million in funding over two years to help the Canadian Tourism Commission in its efforts to successfully promote the country's industry on national and international markets.

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