August 14, 2019 – Hilliardton, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor
Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits across the country by supporting one in ten jobs. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in our tourism sector’s businesses and assets.
Today, Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, announced funding of $630,000 to support the Hilliardton Marsh Research and Education Centre. Specifically, the funding will help build a new two-story visitor and interpretive centre at the Hilliardton Marsh Research and Education Centre. Improvements to the surrounding recreational trail system will also serve to enhance tourism in the region by attracting more guests to this beautiful area of the Northern Ontario.
This investment is being made through the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), which supports Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences. FedNor is delivering CEF in Northern Ontario.
“These investments will enable communities and businesses in all regions of the country to develop tourism products and experiences to attract more tourists year-round. This will help communities big and small reap the benefits of the global tourism boom to diversify their economies and create good jobs for middle-class families while showcasing Canada’s brand, centred on shared values of diversity and equality.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
“Innovation doesn’t only happen in big cities; it happens in all regions of Canada. That’s why our regional development agencies play an important role in helping businesses turn innovation into economic growth and good jobs for Canadians. Through the Canadian Experiences Fund, our government is investing in the development of our tourism sector and the economic potential of our vibrant communities.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.
“It’s an exciting time for tourism development in Northern Ontario and I’m thrilled that Hilliardton and surrounding areas will greatly benefit from our government’s Canadian Experiences Fund. Our strategic investments in tourism infrastructure across Canada are providing a tremendous boost to our economy, while making life better for all Canadians – including families living and working in Northern Ontario.”
– Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming
“Hilliardton Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and today’s announcement will further nurture our region’s growing tourism industry. By investing in the Hilliardton Marsh, the Government of Canada is helping to expand our programs and create new entertainment experiences, as well as opportunities for festivals, events and gatherings.”
– Shelby Hearn, President, Hilliardton Marsh Research and Education Centre
This announcement takes place in support of Minister Joly’s recent announcement of a new tourism strategy: Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The Strategy, which was developed based on feedback from Canadians and the work of the Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy, highlights the importance of Canada’s tourism sector as an economic driver for communities across the country.
Tourism represents more than 2% of Canada’s gross domestic product and supports more than 1.8 million jobs in Canada.
The funding announced today is provided through FedNor, which is one of Canada’s six regional development agencies supporting economic development in every region of Canada.
Regional development agencies are one of Canada’s four flagship platforms supporting innovation, along with the Industrial Research Assistance Program, Strategic Innovation Fund and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.