Facilities at Poisson Blanc Regional Park to get a makeover for Canada's 150th

The Government of Canada provides over $60,000 in financial support for this community project

NOTRE-DAME-DU-LAUS, QC, August 8, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Key community stakeholders have long been asking for concrete, sustainable measures to improve community and recreational infrastructure. As part of the celebrations marking Canada's 150th anniversary, the Government of Canada is proud to support projects like this one by the Corporation du Parc du Poisson Blanc that contribute to the drawing power, vibrancy and quality of life of the region.

David Graham, MP for Laurentides—Labelle, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, announced that the Corporation du Parc du Poisson Blanc received $62,500 in financial assistance, in the form of a non‑repayable contribution, to upgrade its recreational and visitor centre infrastructure.

Specifically, the work recently carried out involved reconfiguring and expanding the parking area and the Poisson Blanc Reservoir landing dock, upgrading public rest areas and renovating the visitor centre. The work required a total investment of $125,000 by the Corporation, in partnership with the federal government, the Antoine-Labelle MRC and the Municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Laus.

Founded in 2005, the Corporation du Parc du Poisson Blanc is a non-profit organization tasked with ensuring the development and integrated management of recreational and tourism resources in Notre-Dame-du-Laus. It has a mandate from the Municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Laus to oversee activities at Poisson Blanc Regional Park, which has become a favourite spot for nature lovers and fans of camping and fishing alike.

"I am delighted with CED's support in the region. Part of Canada's 150th celebrations, this federal partnership with the Corporation du Parc du Poisson Blanc and the community is just one of many community projects that have received support over the past year. Kudos to all these enthusiasts who manage, organize activities in, maintain, showcase and preserve this magnificent park which, like the Parc régional Montagne du Diable and Kiamika Regional Park, has contributed to the reputation of the Upper Laurentians and the quality of life here."

David Graham, MP for Laurentides–Labelle

"The Government of Canada supports projects by organizations such as the Corporation du Parc du Poisson Blanc that mobilize and unite our communities. These projects strengthen Canada's communities, stimulate economic activity, have a positive impact on the environment and benefit families and the middle class."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

"We are thrilled to be once again working together with CED to upgrade our infrastructure. The rise in the number of visitors and the overall popularity of ecotourism activities means that, despite the Park's young age, some of our visitor reception facilities and the facilities that provide public access to the water need to be optimized. CED was one of the partners in 2011 for the construction of our LEED Gold–certified visitor centre. Again today, we wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for their support for the development of our beautiful region."

Paul Bissonnette, President of the Corporation du Parc du Poisson Blanc

Quick facts

  • Since its creation in 2015, CIP 150 has provided almost $58M for over 450 projects targeting the enhancement of the vitality of communities in Quebec.
  • CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

For further information: Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Tel.: 514-283-7443, Email: dec.media.ced@canada.ca; Luc Lefebvre, Office of David Graham, MP for Laurentides--Labelle, 819-325-0778, david.graham.c1@parl.gc.ca

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