Better-quality trails for an enhanced snowmobiling experience in Montérégie

From: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

The Government of Canada awards $100,000 in financial assistance to the Club de Moto-Neige Adidou Rive Sud

January 15, 2019 – Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The Club de Moto-Neige Adidou Rive Sud Inc. is responsible for maintaining 170 kilometres of snowmobile trails, 80 kilometres of which are Trans-Québec trails along the St. Lawrence River and Highway 116 from Saint-Basile-le-Grand to Sorel. To improve the quality of the trails and paths and continue ensuring the safety of the winter sports enthusiasts who use them, the organization received a non-repayable contribution of $100,000 from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, announced that funding today. The Government of Canada’s assistance will enable the Club de Moto-Neige Adidou Rive Sud to purchase a groomer. In addition to reducing maintenance time and improving trail safety, this assistance will contribute to the vitality of winter tourism in the Montérégie region.

The funding was awarded under the Winter Tourism Initiative of CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program. That initiative supports the purchasing of equipment for maintaining snowmobile trails or cross-country ski trails. With a budget of $10 million in effect until March 31, 2020, it aims to increase the regional benefits generated by tourists from outside Quebec.

The Government of Canada does not hesitate to support recreational, cultural or sports-related projects that have a positive impact on local tourism and the local economy, that further showcase the unique attractions around us, and that resonate far beyond the region.

“I am very pleased with CED’s support under this initiative, which will definitely make snowmobilers and our local tourism businesses happy. Tourism infrastructures, like snowmobile trails, help enhance the region’s appeal and stimulate its economic activity.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“Tourism is an economic driver in all of our communities. Winter tourism vitalizes the region during our coldest months and ensures a year-round influx of visitors, which contributes to the vitality of the local economy. Our government is proud to promote initiatives that contribute to the economic development of communities and that support good middle-class jobs.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

“Tourism is a very important industry sector for the regions of Quebec, and the Government of Canada makes every effort to make it profitable for everyone. There is no doubt that the Winter Tourism Initiative will help create jobs and wealth for the regions, while contributing to the reputation of all Quebec communities.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

“Snowmobiling generates economic benefits of over $3 billion a year in Quebec. This major industry, operated through the sheer dedication of thousands of volunteers, is grateful for CED’s financial support that, through the Winter Tourism Initiative, will help renew the fleet of equipment used to maintain the largest snowmobile trail network in the world.”

Mario Gagnon, President of the Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec

Quick facts

  • 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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