Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

June 18, 2010 09:30 ET

Societe de Developpement Economique de Perce Receives $259,028 in Funding from Government of Canada to Implement Perce l'Incontournable Recreational Tourism Development Plan

 PERCÉ, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $259,028 in non-repayable funding to the Société de développement économique de Percé. Granted through the Community Diversification program, this financial assistance will be used by the economic development corporation to implement Phase I of Percé l'Incontournable, a plan for the development of a recreational tourism park on Mont Sainte-Anne. This project will require an overall investment of $740,080.

The first phase of the project will consist of the organization hiring a project manager to coordinate a series of preliminary studies on the park's development, draw up a communications strategy and develop tools and activities to promote the new tourist attraction. 

"The Government of Canada sees tourism as a key economic lever for the country, which is why we have decided to lend our support to this project of the Société de développement économique de Percé. The park that this organization is looking to develop in Percé has the potential to increase the city's international reputation among tourists while making the Gaspé Peninsula a world-class, year-round tourist destination. This park could also strengthen the entire region's tourist drawing power and play a decisive role in developing the Gaspé cruise ship port of call, thereby providing new impetus to the region's tourism industry," explained the Minister of State. 

Development of a park devoted to sea and mountain will help renew and diversify the Gaspésie tourism offering. Broad consensus has been achieved by the region's socioeconomic stakeholders in support of this project, an initiative that will serve to showcase the richness of Percé and encourage many more tourists, thousands of them from outside the province, to extend their stay in the region. Travellers will now have access to activities that were otherwise unavailable outside of the summer season, which will generate considerable spinoffs for the Percé economy.

Through its Economic Action Plan adopted in 2009, the Government of Canada has committed to investing $12 million per year in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 to support international cruise development along the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers. It has announced that $60 million will be invested over five years in developing Quebec ports of call for cruise ships. As such, Canada Economic Development is supporting the development of six ports of call in the province, namely in Gaspé, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Saguenay, Baie-Comeau, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Sept-Îles.

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