June 15, 2019 – Labrador City, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Investing in tourism attractions in rural and pristine locations helps build a dynamic and eclectic Canadian tourism industry, generate new opportunities for small businesses, create good paying jobs for the middle class and diversify communities.
Three tourism attractions in western Labrador – Cain’s Quest, Gateway Labrador and the Menihek Nordic Ski Club – will receive a combined investment of $414,963 from the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, made the announcement today.
These investments build on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by helping the region’s tourism industry attract more visitors and create new jobs. This approach is in line with the new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy, which will grow and diversify the sector by enhancing and developing unique experiences that attract tourists year-round to all regions of Canada.
“There is a global tourism boom underway and we want communities across the country to benefit. Investments like the ones in the Menihek Nordic Ski Club, Gateway Labrador Inc. and Cain’s Quest Inc. will help draw more tourists to the region year-round and create good jobs and opportunities for the middle class.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
“Labrador is blessed with natural, diverse and exquisite attractions 12 months of the year. These three anchors of the Labrador West tourism industry help attract visitors and ensure residents and visitors alike have ample opportunity to experience all of what Labrador has to offer.”
– Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
Menihek Nordic Ski Club Association is receiving a non-repayable contribution of $157,912 to acquire site specific grooming equipment, to install lighting along two kilometres of existing trail, and to implement marketing activities.
Gateway Labrador Inc. is receiving a non- repayable contribution of $157,251 to build a short-term rest area next to its existing location. The rest area will have laundry and washroom/shower facilities, as well as garbage and recycling bins for visitors.
Both projects are being funded through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund.
Cain’s Quest Inc. is receiving a non-repayable contribution of $99,800 through ACOA’s Business Development Program to market and host the 2020 Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race, a 3,100-kilometre extreme snowmobile race in Labrador, scheduled to take place March 4-14, 2020.