Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

February 15, 2010 12:00 ET

Municipality of Albanel Receives $125,730 in Federal Funding to Increase Tourist Lodging Facilities at Municipal Campground

ALBANEL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $125,730 in non-repayable funding to the municipality of Albanel for the expansion of its municipal campground. Necessitating an overall investment of $200,000, this economic diversification project will result in the creation of three new sustainable jobs as of the 2010 tourist season.

The work, which will be subcontracted to local firms, will include building four new winterized cabins on the site for year-round use and renovating the common areas of the municipal campground. These new and improved facilities will make it possible to expand the regional offering of all-season activities, including cyclo tourism and snowmobile tours, while attracting a greater number of visitors to the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.

"Tourism is a major tool for the economic development of Albanel. As such, improving the quality of the local tourist facilities and services is a major priority for the municipality. This project will make the town more appealing and bolster its drawing power. We believe it is essential to support local stakeholders in their efforts to fully capitalize on an industry that promises to generate such significant benefits for the community," explained the Minister of State.

This funding has been granted under Canada's Economic Action Plan, an initiative aimed at mitigating the effects of the economic slowdown on communities in transition and industries under restructuring.

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