Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

June 19, 2012 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Funds Tour de la releve internationale de Rimouski

RIMOUSKI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 19, 2012) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces the awarding of federal funding for the domestic and foreign commercialization of the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski, which takes place July 12 to 15, 2012.

"By lending its financial assistance to the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its firm commitment to promoting the development of tourism, a high-yield sector for the economy," said Minister Lebel.

"The financial support of partners like Canada Economic Development is enabling the region to host, for a third consecutive year, the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski, a bicycle race that draws more than 200 cyclists from Canada, the United States and Europe," said Michel Fugère, Director General of the organization that coordinates the Tour.

For amateur cyclists, the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouski is an essential step along the path to the professional ranks. A race sanctioned by the International Cycling Union for junior female cyclists has been added to the 2012 Tour schedule.

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This financial assistance, granted in the form of a $75,563 non-repayable contribution, has been awarded through Canada Economic Development's Community Diversification program.

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