Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

October 22, 2010 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Contributes to Growth of Musee du Fjord

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced that the Musée du Fjord has been granted $1,800,600 in non-repayable funding through the Community Diversification program for the creation of a new multimedia show and two permanent science exhibits.

This project falls under the Support Initiative for the Development of International Cruise Development along the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, a measure provided for in Canada's Economic Action Plan adopted in January 2009. 

The cultural products developed by the museum will help contribute to diversifying the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean tourism offering and extending the region's tourist season. These new additions may also play an important role in the development of a cruise ship port of call in Saguenay by giving passengers yet another reason to stay longer in the region. The Musée du Fjord is therefore expected to generate major benefits for the regional economy.

"As a natural wonder, Saguenay fjord is one of Quebec's most spectacular tourist attractions. This project will help better showcase Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean's breathtaking landscapes, thereby drawing visitors from here and abroad," noted the Minister of State.

The Musée du Fjord project, which will help promote the region as a choice tourist destination on domestic and foreign markets, will result in the maintenance of some 30 jobs as well as the creation of three new positions.

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