Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

September 20, 2014 18:30 ET

Minister Denis Lebel Marks the 40th Anniversary of the Federation des clubs de motoneigistes du Quebec

The Government of Canada will pursue its efforts to promote the growth of the snowmobile industry

CHICOUTIMI, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 20, 2014) - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, will be guest speaker at the annual convention of the Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ). The topics of discussion will include the efforts the Government of Canada has made to support the development of this industry, among others, in its equipment acquisition and trail upgrade projects.

From 2006 to the present day, CED has awarded more than $20 million for 165 projects, representing investments of almost $40 million in Quebec's regions.

Quick facts

  • In 2012, the snowmobile industry generated $2 billion in direct economic benefits in Quebec.
  • According to the FCMQ, Quebec is home to more than 800,000 snowmobile enthusiasts, namely, 13% of the Quebec population over the age of 15.
  • The FCMQ has over 200 clubs representing roughly 100,000 members. Some 5,000 volunteers ensure the maintenance and safety of the 33,500 kilometres of marked trails.

Quote

"I am particularly pleased to mark the 40 years of existence of the Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec, with whom our government collaborates regularly to ensure growth that meets the needs of the snowmobiling industry. Tourism development is a priority for our government. The snowmobile tourism product is well positioned in markets outside Quebec and is of great importance to the regional economy. Our financial support these past few years testifies to our government's determination to participate in the growth of the regional economy."

Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Related link

Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec Web site: http://www.fcmq.qc.ca/english/accueil.asp

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