Club Passe-Partout Roberval Inc. granted $100,500 in funding from Government of Canada to acquire snow-grooming machine



    ROBERVAL, QC, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister
of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced that Club
Passe-Partout Roberval Inc. has been awarded $100,500 in non-repayable funding
under the Community Economic Diversification Initiative-Vitality
(CEDI-Vitality) toward the acquisition of a snow-grooming machine.
    Snowmobiling trails in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean require constant upkeep
due to the heavy user traffic and abundant snowfalls in the region. Club
Passe-Partout Roberval Inc. alone handles the upkeep and maintenance of more
than 325 kilometres of trails spanning the vast territory of the
Domaine-du-Roy Regional County Municipality (RCM), including the Trans-Québec
trail No. 83 (144 km) and the cross-regional trail No. 355 (137 km) linking
the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Mauricie regions. Requiring an overall
investment of more than $200,000, this project will ensure users have access
to safer and better-quality snowmobiling trails.
    "Snowmobiling draws a large number of tourists to the
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region and is growing in popularity among American and
European clienteles. This financial assistance from Canada Economic
Development to Club Passe-Partout Roberval will help ensure the viability of
two strategic trails. The lodging and dining establishments in municipalities
located within the Domaine-du-Roy RCM, an area hard hit by the crisis in the
forest industry, are the ones who stand to benefit the most from these
improvements to the circuit," commented the Minister of State.
    Along with the aluminum, agri-food and forest product processing sectors,
the tourism industry is a major source of economic diversification for the
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. According to the regional tourism association,
snowmobiling generates more than $50 million in annual spinoffs for the
region.




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For further information: Nadia Marceau, Communications, Canada Economic
Development, (418) 668-4602, 1-800-463-9808, Cell.: (418) 321-0295,
nadia.marceau@dec-ced.gc.ca; Eric Lefebvre, Senior Assistant, Communications,
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Canada Economic Development, Cell.:
(613) 608-7906, eric.lefebvre@dec-ced.gc.ca; Canada Economic Development is
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