Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

October 06, 2016 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada supports Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean's community project

The Alma bike path will be extended to the Naudville community

ALMA, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 6, 2016) - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

For a long time, key actors in the community have been looking for a concrete sustainable way to improve community and recreational infrastructure. The Government of Canada is proud to support projects such as the one from Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean, which contribute to the vitality and dynamism of all regions across the country.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, announced that Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean is being granted $228,500 in financial assistance to extend the bike path to Alma's Naudville community.

Created in 1999, Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean, a non-profit organization, coordinates tourism information and the commercialization of tourist products and attractions in the Lac-Saint-Jean-Est RCM. Over the past few years, the organization has improved various sections of the bike path, for a total of 10 km in the Alma area. The non-repayable contribution provided under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) will be used to build an 804-metre dedicated section of the urban bike path, along with 557 metres of designated roadway. This will give residents and visitors better access to downtown Alma and the Véloroute des Bleuets.

Quotes

"I am very pleased with CED's support to Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean, whose contribution to the vitality of the region is undeniable. Outdoor infrastructure, such as the Alma bike path, is crucial for the area's economy and contributes to the quality of life of residents and visitors. These projects engage and unite Canada's communities."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

"I want to thank the Government of Canada for the financial assistance granted for this new section of the bike path. The improvement to Alma's cycling infrastructure will enable tourists to discover a new downtown sector and will be profitable for the bed and breakfasts, restaurants and other businesses and service companies in the area. This project dovetails perfectly with improvements to the bike path around Lac Saint-Jean, the Véloroute des Bleuets, which is recognized across the province and abroad."

Gino Villeneuve, President of Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean

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

Related links

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

Tourisme Alma Lac-Saint-Jean: http://tourismealma.com/fr/

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