Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

September 02, 2016 10:30 ET

Renovation of a world-renowned tourist attraction: "Le P'tit Train du Nord" linear park bicycle path

Government of Canada supports community project benefiting four Laurentides RCMs

LABELLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 2, 2016) - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Local stakeholders have long been asking for concrete, sustainable measures to improve community and recreational infrastructure. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects that, like this one by Corporation du Parc linéaire "Le P'tit Train du Nord," contribute to the strength and vitality of all regions of the country.

Acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides-Labelle, today announced that Corporation du Parc linéaire "Le P'tit Train du Nord" has been granted $500,000 in funding for the refurbishment of several sections of the bicycle path.

"Le P'tit Train du Nord" linear park arose from a partnership among the Regional County Municipalities (RCMs) of Thérèse-De-Blainville, Mirabel, Rivière-du-Nord, Pays-d'en-Haut, Laurentides and Antoine-Labelle and was inaugurated in 1996. The six RCMs subsequently established a non-profit corporation to oversee the maintenance, safety and operation of the linear park, which welcomes more than a million users from all over every year, generating major spinoffs for the greater Laurentides region.

The non-repayable contribution, awarded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150), will enable the organization to rebuild several sections of the bicycle path. This project will give trail users access to top-quality recreational and transportation activities and ensure that this internationally-renowned regional infrastructure is maintained.

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"Le P'tit Train du Nord" linear park is accessible to all and enhances the quality of life of thousands of citizens of every age. This recreational trail also adds to the tourism drawing power of our beautiful region. Cyclists, hikers, in-line skaters, cross-country skiers and, on some sections, snowmobilers have been benefiting from this infrastructure for a generation. I am very proud that the Government of Canada is investing in the upgrade and preservation of this community park that unites us all from one end of the Laurentians to the other."

David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides-Labelle

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that, like this one by Corporation du Parc linéaire "Le P'tit Train du Nord," mobilize and unite our communities. These projects help strengthen Canada's communities and stimulate economic activity."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

"The Corporation du Parc linéaire "Le P'tit Train du Nord" is pleased to have the support of the Government of Canada and the RCMs in carrying out this $1 million investment. This year, we are proudly celebrating the 20th anniversary of the linear park. This announcement is excellent news for the users of this magnificent trail."

Jean Sébastien Thibault, Director General, Corporation du Parc linéaire "Le P'tit Train du Nord"

CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Related link

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program: http://www.dec-ced.gc.ca/docs/pic-feult-eng.pdf

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