Government of Canada invests $439,646 to restore Côte-Nord snowmobiling trail



    SEPT-ILES, QC, Jan. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the
awarding of $439,646 in non-repayable funding to Club Nord-Neige Forestville
Inc. to repair sections of the Trans-Québec 3 (TQ 3) provincial snowmobiling
trail severely damaged by the heavy rainstorms that struck the Côte-Nord
region in spring and summer 2008.
    This financial assistance will be used more specifically to rebuild
culverts, fix overpasses, recondition trails and supervise these various
repairs. Restoring the TQ 3 is seen as essential to the successful launch of
the snowmobiling season and continued safety of riders.
    "A great many Quebec enterprises and communities benefit from the
economic spinoffs generated by the snowmobiling industry. In Côte-Nord, for
example, this industry has enjoyed strong growth due to the major investments
and promotional campaigns undertaken in recent years to draw an increasing
number of clients from outside Quebec," explained the Minister of State. "This
funding from the Government of Canada will not only serve to build the
Côte-Nord's reputation as a top-notch snowmobiling destination, it will also
help preserve the jobs tied to this industry and shore up the region's
economic diversification efforts," he added.
    The snowmobiling industry brings in nearly $14 million per year to the
Côte-Nord economy and is responsible for some 10 direct jobs and numerous
indirect jobs in the region. The TQ 3 alone accounts for about 12% of the
province's snowmobiling network.
    The work, which will require an overall investment of $1,067,543, will be
carried out in partnership with the Manicouagan and Duplessis regional tourism
associations and various local snowmobiling clubs, of which there are 14-with
a combined total of nearly 4,300 members-in the Côte-Nord region.
    Funding for this project has been granted through Canada Economic
Development's Community Economic Diversification Initiative, a measure
designed to support communities posting slow economic growth.




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For further information: Claudie Lamontagne, Communications, Canada
Economic Development, (418)722-3282, 1-800-463-9073,
claudie.lamontagne@dec-ced.gc.ca; Eric Lefebvre, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Denis Lebel, Canada Economic Development, Cell.: (613)
608-7906, eric.lefebvre@dec-ced.gc.ca; Canada Economic Development is online
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