Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

February 17, 2012 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in New Hotels in Akulivik and Ivujivik

AKULIVIK AND IVUJIVIK, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2012) - The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Honourable John Duncan, and the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Denis Lebel, announced today financial assistance for the Akulivik and Ivujivik Cooperative Associations for construction of new hotels in their respective communities.

"Northern Quebec is gearing up for an economic and tourism boom. Construction of these two hotels will enable the communities of Akulivik and Ivujivik to meet their growing demand for accommodation and thereby take full advantage of the region's economic development," said Minister Duncan.

"Our government had no hesitation in supporting the Akulivik and Ivujivik cooperative associations, whose projects will double hotel capacity, offering standards of quality commensurate with the needs of a business clientele," said Minister Lebel.

The two hotels will each have 16 rooms, as well as common lounges and kitchens.

The financial assistance announced today totals $800,000. This is broken down as follows: two non-repayable contributions of $200,000 from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's Aboriginal Business Development Program (ABDP) and two repayable contributions of $200,000 each granted under the Community Diversification Program of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Jan O'Driscoll
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    819-997-0002

    Canada Economic Development
    Pierre Florea
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    514-496-1282
    pierre.florea@tc.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    Quebec Regional Office
    418-648-4285

    Canada Economic Development
    Francois Belisle
    Communications
    819-825-3976
    francois.belisle@dec-ced.gc.ca