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Minister Mélanie Joly announces new funding to support tourism in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region

The Government of Canada awards $400,000 for the diversification and enhancement of the Jardins de Métis tourism offer

GRAND-MÉTIS, QC, July 29, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Tourism is a key sector in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, and in Grand-Métis in particular. From the Saint?Lawrence River to the Jardins de Métis, unique tourism experiences abound. In Canada as a whole, tourism generates significant economic benefits and accounts for over one in every 10 jobs.

This is why, today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, announced a $400,000 non-repayable contribution to support a project by Les Amis des Jardins de Métis. The funding was provided as part of the new federal tourism strategy under the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), which was set up to help the tourism sector in Canada create new, unique tourism experiences and good jobs for middle-class families.

With the help of this Government of Canada support, the Jardins de Métis, whose reputation extends beyond Quebec's borders, will be able to continue providing its visitors with a memorable experience that draws on the site's unique history, culture and biodiversity and its innovative products.

This announcement is in line with the new Canadian tourism strategy unveiled by Minister Joly in May 2019 ?Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy.


"Tourism is a major economic driver in our regions and allows us to diversify our local economies. By supporting projects such as this one by Les Amis des Jardins de Métis, we are promoting tourism experiences in the regions of Quebec with a view to fostering economic growth and creating good jobs for middle-class families."

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

"The Government of Canada wholeheartedly supports projects such the one by Les Amis des Jardins de Métis that have a positive impact on tourism and the local economy; that further showcase the incomparable assets all around us; and which resonate well beyond La Mitis."

Rémi Massé, MP for Avignon?La Mitis?Matane?Matapédia and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"Innovation is not exclusive to big cities?it is taking place in all regions of Canada. This is why our regional development agencies play a key role in helping businesses and organizations, including those in the tourism sector, turn their innovations into economic growth and good-quality jobs for Canadians. Through the CEF, our government is investing in the development of our tourism sector and in the economic potential of our communities."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

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