VICTORIAVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2012) - Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, today announced the awarding of $108,885 in non-repayable funding to Moto-Club Bois-Francs Inc. for the acquisition of a new snow grooming machine.
"The Bois-Francs area is a territory well suited to the practice of quad riding. With this financial support, our government is encouraging the growth of winter tourism in the Centre-du-Québec region," said Mr. Gourde.
Moto-Club Bois-Francs Inc. oversees the maintenance of 140 kilometres of trails, including a section of the Trans-Québec network. The purchase of this new snow grooming machine will enable the organization to guarantee all users safe and accessible trails that meet the industry's standards.
"This equipment will allow us to improve access to our trails while reinforcing the region's position as a choice destination, especially among quad enthusiasts from the United States and Europe," said Yvon Bélanger, president of Moto-Club Bois-Francs.
Quad riding in the Centre-du-Québec tourist region generates more than $16 million in economic spinoffs every year, benefiting hotels, restaurants and equipment rental shops, among others. Moto-Club Bois-Francs Inc. is thus adding its efforts to those of regional economic stakeholders in consolidating and strengthening the popularity of the province's 33,000 kilometres of trails on markets outside Quebec.
This $108,885 non-repayable contribution has been awarded through Canada Economic Development's Community Diversification program and is in line with the spirit of the National Tourism Strategy recently put in place to promote Canada as a prime tourist destination.
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