Municipality of Wawa to benefit from key tourism infrastructure upgrades
Government of Canada investment to help rejuvenate Wawa’s waterfront to boost economic growth
December 11, 2018 – Wawa, ON — Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario — FedNor
The residents and businesses of the Municipality of Wawa will benefit from enhancements to the waterfront area thanks to a Government of Canada investment of more than $723,500. This FedNor investment will enable the municipality to implement its Boreal Forest Eco-Walk and Waterfront Rejuvenation project to help increase local tourism and foster business opportunities and development along the beach and downtown areas.
The announcement was made today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.
In line with the Municipality’s strategic plan, the investment will support the development of an ecological walking path along the Wawa Lake waterfront, including the construction of new docks, stairs, accessible public washrooms, beach house, outdoor furniture and storm water outfalls. The Boreal Forest-themed waterfront attraction will feature Indigenous artwork, sculptures and totem poles, and will also be linked to the Goose Nest, a new outdoor incubator space/vendors market on Broadway Avenue, the community’s main street. The new tourist attraction will be complemented by multilingual (English, Ojibway and French) way-finding signage, orientation maps, trail markers and banners.
“Tourism is a major economic driver for many smaller communities, such as Wawa, and I am proud that our government is investing to support the growth of this important sector. This project will help fuel the regional economy, enhance business development, and create jobs for local residents.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor
“We are thrilled for this Government of Canada investment in our Boreal Forest Eco-Walk waterfront project. Today’s announcement demonstrates that our federal partner in economic development, FedNor, recognizes Wawa’s tourism and economic development potential, and its capacity to help grow and diversify our economy for the benefit of everyone.”
– Ron Rody, Mayor or the Municipality of Wawa
This project helps to deliver on key priorities of the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario, which outlines the Government of Canada’s approach to ensure the region can fully benefit from the national Innovation and Skills Plan.
The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.