Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
January 16, 2017

Building a Stronger Economy

Investments Announced for Northern Peninsula Tourism and Community Initiatives

Support was announced today for nine projects to improve community infrastructure and enhance tourism on the Northern Peninsula. During an event today, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced a total of more than $1.2 million for these projects. The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, provincial Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, also announced a total investment of more than $617,000 in provincial funding for the following six projects:

  • St. Anthony Port Authority - St. Anthony – $450,000 to enhance marine infrastructure by expanding channel at harbor rock.
  • French Shore Historical Society - Conche – $89, 792 for extension to interpretation centre.
  • Norstead Viking Village - L’Anse aux Meadows – $29,750 for initiatives in programming, marketing and enhancing cultural tourism.
  • Raleigh Historical Corporation - Raleigh – $22,206 for the restoration of Pynn/ Smith rooms.
  • French Rooms Cultural Centre - Port au Choix – $20,483 to upgrade and expand infrastructure.
  • St. Barbe RV Park - St. Barbe – $5,180 to install electrical site servicing at existing RV Park.

This announcement supports cultural tourism development at several sites as well as infrastructure upgrades to community and recreational amenities in the region. The projects supported through these federal and provincial investments will enable communities along the Northern Peninsula to further develop quality visitor experiences and will also benefit residents by improving several key community assets.

Federal funding for the initiatives is being provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, Business Development Program and the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150).

CIP 150 is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150TH anniversary of Confederation. The program is delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador by ACOA.

“The Government of Canada continues to work with partners such as community groups on the Northern Peninsula to make investments to build smart, strong and sustainable regions. The support announced for these projects will enhance and improve cultural and community infrastructure while also celebrating Canada’s rich and vibrant history.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“With its rich history that ranges from archaeological sites to the fishery, the Northern Peninsula is a unique place to live and to experience as a visitor. These investments from the Government of Canada support the ongoing work of local organizations to renovate, expand and improve existing community and cultural infrastructure that will make a difference in our lives and communities.”
- Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament, Long Range Mountains

“I am delighted by the investments in community infrastructure and tourism products to further enhance economic development on the Northern Peninsula. This funding will entice business and community initiatives, and spur economic growth, job creation and overall prosperity. Government’s The Way Forward vision document highlights a commitment to economic diversification and tourism, and these investments will help attract visitors to explore the Great Northern Peninsula’s rich culture, strong heritage and spectacular scenery.”
- The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development

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Media contacts:

Eric Humber
Media Relations Manager
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture
and Rural Development
Paul McGrath
Director, Communications
Lizeta Gould
French Rooms Cultural Centre Inc.
Mayor Ernest Simms
Town of St. Anthony
Malcolm Campbell
Harbour Master
St. Anthony Port Authority
Noah T. Smith
Raleigh Historical Corporation Inc.
Denecka Burden
Norstead Village Inc.
Bruce Way
Town Manager
Town of Flower’s Cove
Cynthia Randell
Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Historical
Gloria Toope
Executive Director
St. Barbe Development Association

2017 01 16                              3:25 p.m.