Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
July 18, 2017
Investments Support Business and Tourism Growth on Bonavista Peninsula
Tourism continues to play a major role in economic development on the Bonavista Peninsula and investments announced today by the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador will help drive new business and tourism growth in the region.
Neil King, MHA for the District of Bonavista, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, provincial Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, announced $67,414 on behalf of the Provincial Government. The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, 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 more than $134,000 for two projects.
The Bonavista Social Club is receiving a repayable contribution of $94,690 from ACOA’s Business Development Program and $57,414 from the Provincial Government to purchase the facility that the company currently leases, construct an adjoining building for storage and acquire new pre-packaging equipment. This project will enable the business to improve production efficiencies, expand secondary processing and better meet a growing demand for quality food products on the Bonavista Peninsula. The Bonavista Social Club is a restaurant and food production facility in Upper Amherst Cove that offers artisan breads, soups and fresh pasta products to hotels and restaurants on the Bonavista Peninsula and in the St. John’s area. The company employs 10 full-time seasonal staff and is home to the only commercial wood-fired bread oven in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In addition, 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects Corporation in Duntara will receive a $40,000 non-repayable Business Development Program investment from ACOA to market and host Bonavista Biennale – Art Encounters on the Edge throughout the Bonavista Peninsula region. The large-scale visual arts exhibition brings together works by 25 leading Newfoundland and Labrador and other Canadian artists that will be presented in a variety of outdoor and indoor locations from August 17 to September 17, 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The Provincial Government is contributing $10,000 towards the project.
“Though our Tourism Product Development Plan, our government remains committed to reaching a target of $1.6 billion annually in resident and non-resident visitor spending by 2020. Today’s investment into the economic development and tourism offerings on the Bonavista Peninsula will help promote, grow and build on the region's strengths, and continue to give visitors the authentic cultural experience they are looking for.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
“The Government of Canada is pleased to support these initiatives which demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with non-profit organizations and local businesses to create economic activity, strengthen the middle class and grow key sectors such as tourism. We believe that public investment in projects like those announced today helps to increase economic growth and seize new opportunities.”
Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“The Bonavista Peninsula is a major asset to Newfoundland and Labrador’s thriving tourism industry and these investments will contribute to the region’s reputation as a world-class destination. The Government of Canada is committed to making smart investments to maximize tourism opportunities and support the small businesses which are playing a vital role in building strong, sustainable communities.”
Honourable Judy Foote
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity
“I am delighted with today’s announcement, and for the benefits these investments, through the province’s Tourism Product Development Plan, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the Department of Heritage will have for my district. The Bonavista Social Club is a wonderful fixture in our community, and I look forward to seeing this business thrive and grow. As well, the investments in the Bonavista Biennale- Art Encounters on the Edge project is a wonderful way to celebrate our heritage and our talented local and Canadian artists. These investments show the Provincial and Federal Government’s commitment to growing and encouraging Newfoundland and Labrador’s strong tourism industry.”
MHA District of Bonavista
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