Domaine-du-Roy RCM awarded more than $8.8 million in federal funding to revitalize the Village historique de Val-Jalbert

    CHAMBORD, QC, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister
of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced that the Regional
County Municipality (RCM) of Domaine-du-Roy will receive $8,871,420 in
non-repayable funding from the Government of Canada for restorations to the
Village historique de Val-Jalbert. This financial contribution toward the
nearly $20 million three-year project has been awarded through Canada Economic
Development's Community Economic Diversification Initiative - Vitality, a
measure established to support communities experiencing slow economic growth.
    The Village historique de Val-Jalbert is one of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean's
trademark sites, acting as a major cultural and tourism magnet and playing a
strategic structuring role in the region's economy. This government assistance
will help preserve and protect the rich heritage of this exceptional site,
which ranks as the region's second most visited attraction after the Centre de
conservation de la biodiversité boréale. The project involves renovating the
site's reception areas, restoring original buildings like the old mill,
showcasing the magnificent Ouiatchouan waterfall and the rest of the village
through the presentation of a sound and light show and setting up additional
guest rooms in the heritage homes.
    "The Government of Canada is taking concrete measures to stimulate the
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean economy in order to help the region weather the
current economic crisis and overcome the difficulties it generates. One of the
ways to achieve this is through diversification, which is why Canada Economic
Development is pleased to lend its financial support to this Village
historique de Val-Jalbert tourism project. This initiative will not only lead
to the creation of 23 new jobs and the maintenance of 91 existing positions,
it also promises to generate additional indirect benefits for the community as
a whole," noted the Minister of State.
    A one-of-a-kind Quebec tourist destination, the Village historique de
Val-Jalbert gives visitors the opportunity to experience life as it would have
been in a typical one-industry town at the turn of the century. Opened to the
public in 1970, the Village is a major attraction for history buffs as well as
for those simply interested in learning more about our heritage.

For further information:

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