Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

March 26, 2010 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests $1,980,000 to Enhance and Improve Cote-du-Sud Tourism Offering

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work at Grosse Ile National Historical Site

BERTHIER-SUR-MER, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny–L'Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, today announced the awarding of $1,980,000 in total non-repayable funding to strengthen and enhance the tourism offering in the Côte-du-Sud area. Granted through the Community Adjustment Fund, this assistance will be used to carry out a three-part project aimed at bolstering tourism in the region. Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada as well as Berthier-sur-Mer harbour are the sites targeted by this major project, an initiative that will help maintain six permanent and 55 seasonal jobs in the area.

The Corporation pour la mise en valeur de Grosse-Île Inc. will thus receive $1,341,000 for the renovation and upgrade of two buildings. Once the project is complete, the disinfection building will have a new roof and the first-class hotel will have the necessary facilities to accommodate groups seeking a peaceful and bucolic setting for organizational days and other working sessions. The organization Le Havre de Berthier-sur-Mer, for its part, will obtain $450,000 in assistance to develop a fluvial park showcasing Grosse Île. Service pavilions will be built and various other works carried out to that end. Lastly, the Municipality of Berthier-sur-Mer will receive $189,000 for various accommodations associated with the development of the fluvial park. 

Bernard Généreux expressed his delight at announcing the launch of a project that is sure to meet the expectations of the population of Berthier-sur-Mer and surrounding areas while generating major economic spinoffs for the Montmagny-L'Islet area. "This major project is testimony of the Government of Canada's commitment to lending its financial assistance to regional economic stakeholders who are investing considerable effort in improving the region's tourism offering. It goes without saying that we support local initiatives that allow communities to take control of their own development. To that end, tourism plays a key role in the region. The Grosse Île site and entire Isle-aux-Grues archipelago have world-class drawing power that should be exploited," the MP explained. "Developing and promoting such exceptional historical, architectural and natural heritage can only pave the way to new tourism activities and attract a greater number of visitors," he concluded.

The Government of Canada's funding of the project with the Municipality of Berthier-sur-Mer is conditional upon the obtaining of an exclusion order (M-30) from the Government of Quebec as well as the signing of a contribution agreement between the municipality and Canada Economic Development.

These three federal funding contributions have been awarded through the Community Adjustment Fund, an initiative established under Canada's Economic Action Plan to mitigate the effects of the economic slowdown in the short term by facilitating job creation and addressing the transition and adjustment challenges facing communities and industries undergoing restructuring.

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Canada's Economic Action Plan at work at Grosse Île National Historical Site

Government of Canada invests $1,980,000 to enhance and improve
Côte-du-Sud tourism offering

Corporation pour la mise en valeur de Grosse-Île Inc.
Non-repayable contribution of $1,341,000

The aim of this project is to strengthen and improve this important national historical site's tourism offering by renovating and upgrading the first-class hotel and disinfection building.

Once the work is complete, the hotel will be able to accommodate groups seeking a quiet retreat for the holding of organizational days and other working sessions.

The disinfection building, which occupies a central place for all of the island's reception, animation and interpretation activities, will undergo major renovation with the complete replacement of its roof.

These various improvements will help lead to an increase in tourism and better services at the historical site, an area visited by more than 20,000 people a year.
Le Havre de Berthier-sur-Mer Inc.
Non-repayable contribution of $450,000

To equip Berthier-sur-Mer harbour with a fluvial park to showcase the Grosse Île tourism site, development work will be carried out on land owned by Havre de Berthier-sur-Mer Inc. Service pavilions will thus be built on the visitor reception and parking grounds and interpretation panels will be installed.

The purpose of these improvements is to help extend the stay of tourists to the region, encourage them to visit the Grosse Île site and thereby increase tourism traffic. Moreover, these new installations will play an important role in maintaining and developing the cruise industry on the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago.

Note that the fluvial park project is a joint undertaking of Havre de Berthier-sur-Mer Inc. and the Municipality of Berthier-sur-Mer. The work will thus be carried out simultaneously on their respective adjoining properties.
Municipality of Berthier-sur-Mer Non-repayable contribution of $189,000

Berthier-sur-Mer is the main continental gateway into the Grosse Île historical site. The project to develop a fluvial park requires that some work be carried out on municipal property. The areas in question include the reception area, parking lot and the Dunière-Dénéchaud heritage district. The government funding will serve more specifically to cover the professional fees of the expert consultants hired to prepare an integrated development plan and for the work carried out in the aforementioned sectors.

This project will help strengthen the Grosse Île site's role as a flagship product of the region's tourism industry. It is also expected to generate major economic spinoffs for, among others, the lodging facilities in Chaudière-Appalaches and the firms offering shuttle and tour services in the archipelago area.

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