DEC grants close to $430000 in financial assistance to the Center local de développement de la Haute‑Gaspésie for the development of a recreational tourism development plan.
SAINTE-ANNE-DES-MONTS, QC, May 27, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (DEC)
Supporting the tourism industry contributes to the economic development of of Quebec Regions. This is why the Member of Parliament for Gaspésie‒Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, the Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED, announced today a non-repayable contribution of $428,746 for the Center local de développement (CLD) de la Haute-Gaspésie to implement a development plan to revitalize the tourism offer of the MRC. It will promote sustainable projects and promote the Haute-Gaspésie as a dynamic, distinct and environmentally friendly destination.
Through this support from CED, granted under the Tourism Assistance Fund, the CLD de la Haute-Gaspésie will take advantage of the growing interest in Gaspésie tourism to better structure the development of this micro-destination. The organization will also optimize access to the territory by improving trails and access to the river, adding various all-season accommodations, improving hunting and fishing activities, supporting emerging sports activities and adding telecommunications, among others.
A key contributor to the Canadian economy, the tourism sector has been hit hard by the health crisis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the government of Canada has implemented various measures to help businesses suffering the impacts of COVID-19. The Tourism Relief Fund was created specifically to help organizations and businesses in the tourism sector offer innovative products and services to visitors and prepare to welcome international travelers back.
“I am delighted with the support CED announced today for the CLD de la Haute-Gaspésie and its unifying project. I am convinced that all players in the tourism industry will mobilize to allow the RCM of Haute-Gaspésie to fully develop its potential as a unique and diversified destination. I am proud of our people who come together to develop our beautiful region.
The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, MP for Gaspésie‒Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue
“CED’s help was essential to launch this ambitious project. The entire CED team and the minister supported us and gave us good advice from the start of the implementation of everything. The non-refundable contribution from the Tourism Assistance Fund allows us to look to the future and dream big. We have immense world-class potential.
Guy BernatchezPresident of the CLD de la Haute-Gaspésie and Prefect of the MRC de la Haute-Gaspésie
“The Haute-Gaspésie region abounds in resources, landscapes and people. With this plan, we hope to generate tens, even hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits. We want to reduce the unemployment rate, increase employment, mitigate the effects of a seasonal economy, provide better quality jobs, increase the region’s power of attraction and improve our demographic profile. »
Simon Deschênes, Vice-President, CLD de la Haute-Gaspésie and Mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
“Our government continues to be there for businesses and tourism organizations. Thanks to the support announced today, the CLD de la Haute-Gaspésie will be able to look to the future. Our assistance represents an important step in recovery efforts to attract tourists from Canada and around the world so they can all experience the best tourism experiences our country has to offer. »
The Honorable Pascale St‑Onge, MNA for Brome–Missisquoi, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED
“Tourism is one of the sectors Canada most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to support this sector during this difficult time. We will also continue to make safety our top priority and ensure businesses get the help they need to quickly regain their footing and thrive. The Tourism Relief Fund will help businesses adapt, make improvements and be ready to welcome customers back. It is also part of a broader strategy to help the sector weather the pandemic, recover and grow. The Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers. »
The Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance
- With a national budget of $500 millionincluding $485 million administered by the regional development agencies (GDR) and $15 million by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)The Tourism Relief Fund is part of the $1 billion in tourism support announced in Budget 2021.
- A minimum of $50 million of the Fund’s national budget was allocated to indigenous tourism projects. Indigenous communities that rely heavily on tourism have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
- A total of $118.7 million of the Tourism Assistance Fund was allocated to CED to administer Quebec.
- CED is a key federal partner in of Quebec regional economic development. With its 12 regional business offices, CED supports businesses, support organizations and all regions of the world Quebec in tomorrow’s economy.
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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
For further information: Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]; Ariane Joazard-Bélizaire, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Sports and Minister Responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]