Hartland, New Brunswick 2 March 2017
Snowmobile Club Receives Equipment Upgrade – Investment will support winter tourism infrastructure
Snowmobiling, the leading economic generator for the province’s winter tourism sector, will receive a boost to its infrastructure, thanks to a Government of Canada investment with the Northern Lights Trailblazers Inc. in Hartland.
TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique – Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), made the announcement today. The Government of Canada is providing an $80,000 non-repayable contribution through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund towards the purchase of new equipment. The New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Inc. is also playing a strategic role in the development of this project, along with other similar projects to enhance winter tourism in Belledune, Edmundston, Petitcodiac and Rexton.
The new equipment will help enhance the maintenance capacity for the province-wide network of snowmobile trails.
The economic impact of snowmobiling is of significant importance for New Brunswick. In 2014-15, snowmobilers spent nearly $18 million while on out-of-town snowmobile trips. Non-resident snowmobile tourism spending was estimated at $5 million. Snowmobile tourism also added an estimated $8 million to the provincial GDP.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investments that make a real difference in our communities. This contribution supports the winter tourism season and helps further create direct opportunities for sustainable and viable economic activity in New Brunswick.”
~Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“I am pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting the Northern Lights Trailblazers Inc. Tourism is an economic driver for every Canadian community. This is an industry that supports our small businesses and creates jobs in regions large and small, urban and rural from coast to coast to coast.”
~TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique – Mactaquac
“We are very grateful and appreciative for the support received from the Government of Canada to supplement the infrastructure of New Brunswick’s leading winter tourism sector. The New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs leads all winter tourism sectors in the province through the work of our volunteers and members, which contributes $32.7 million annually in tourism economic impacts. This financial support recognizes both our efforts and success.”
~ Brad Mann, President, New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Inc.
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For more information and complete eligibility requirements for ACOA, visit the links below or contact the office of TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament: TJ.Harvey@parl.gc.ca 1.800.671.6160 / 506.392.5807.
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TJ Harvey, M.P. Tobique-Mactaquac
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