Town of Holyrood Waterfront Development to Boost Tourism and Community Growth

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

July 19, 2019 – Holyrood, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The tourism industry in Atlantic Canada is an important key sector that continues to generate new opportunities for economic development, creates good paying jobs and builds vibrant communities.

The Town of Holyrood is strengthening community infrastructure by developing its waterfront area to support the region’s growing tourism sector and create new economic opportunities. The Town of Holyrood is making significant improvements to its waterfront by improving the aesthetics, utility, and functionality of the boardwalk and festival grounds. This initiative will increase tourism and economic development opportunities for the Town of Holyrood and surrounding areas, and will improve amenities for residents and visitors to the region.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is providing a non-repayable contribution of $112,511, while the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, is investing $77,408 towards this project.

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, made the announcement today along with Pam Parsons, MHA for the district of Harbour Grace-Port-de-Grave, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.

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 bold approach is in line with Canada’s Tourism Vision, which seeks to make Canada a top-ten global tourism destination by 2025.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to building strong, vibrant communities in Atlantic Canada by making strategic investments in tourism that build competitive regional advantages. We are pleased to support the Town of Holyrood in their waterfront development, which will generate opportunities for economic success in the region and help create long-term prosperity.”

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

“I’m delighted that our government is helping the Town of Holyrood improve its boardwalk and festival grounds. This investment will improve the community experience for tourists and residents alike, helping the region to capatilize on economic development opportunities. I commend the town for taking the initiative with this project, and for recognizing the importance of community infrastructure for long-term development.”

– Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Our government is supportive of the Town of Holyrood for its proactive approach to economic development in multiple sectors, including making it a priority to develop the region’s assets. These enhancements will increase access and usage that could assist with expanded programming and improved visitor experience in the region.”

– The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“The Town Council of Holyrood is committed to providing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. The Main Beach Boardwalk is an iconic feature of our Town which allows residents and visitors to be up-close with nature. The announcement of funding by both the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation is welcome news. It will enable us to enhance the waterfront area and provide residents and visitors with quality recreational infrastructure. These improvements will assist us in promoting Holyrood as a tourism destination creating meaningful economic activity in Holyrood.”

– Gary Goobie, Mayor of Holyrood

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing $112,511 in this project through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), which focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in Atlantic Canadian communities.
  • The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Town of Holyrood are each investing $77,408 in the project.

 

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