Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

February 20, 2010 17:30 ET

Lotbiniere's Club Auto-Neige Des 47 Inc. Receives $87,500 in Funding From Government of Canada for New Snow Grooming Machine

SAINTE-AGATHE-DE-LOTBINIERE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2010) - Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, today announced that Club Auto-Neige des 47 Inc. has been awarded $87,500 in non-repayable funding through the Community Diversification program for the acquisition of a new snow grooming machine.

This financial assistance will enable the club to ensure the upkeep of 90 kilometres of snowmobiling trails located within the Lotbiniere Regional County Municipality (RCM), including a section of the Trans-Quebec No. 35 trail linking the Chaudiere-Appalaches region to the State of Vermont.

"During high season, snowmobiling holds a place of prime importance in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, 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 Club Auto-Neige des 47 is entirely in line with the Government of Canada's goal of helping Quebec communities increase their drawing power. 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 our communities," explained Jacques Gourde.

This project is expected to help the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, which has 24 snowmobiling clubs operating on its territory, consolidate the gains it has already made in the sector. Indeed, organized snowmobiling generated some $35 million in economic spinoffs for the region in the 2008-2009 season, benefiting such local businesses as hotels, restaurants and equipment rental shops, among others. Moreover, Club Auto-Neige des 47 Inc. will be contributing to the efforts deployed by regional economic stakeholders to promote and strengthen the positive reputation of the province's network of 33,500 kilometres of snowmobile trails, 2,700 of them crisscrossing the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, on markets outside Quebec, particularly those in the New England states.

Tourism development is a priority for the Government of Canada. Indeed, in its economic action plan adopted in January 2009, 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.

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

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