Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
September 13, 2017

Investments Announced in Labrador West for Recreation, Tourism and Business Support

The Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada are investing more than $574,000 in three initiatives in Labrador West to improve recreational facilities, support a popular winter tourism event and to assist various business support activities, including the Labrador MINEx symposium.

Graham Letto, Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and MHA for Labrador West, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, announced more than $253,000 on behalf of the province. Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced more than $321,000 for the three projects on behalf of the Federal Government.

The funding will support the Menihek Nordic Ski Club Association, Cain's Quest Inc. and the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce. Residents and business owners stand to benefit from these investments as they help strengthen some of the region’s winter sporting and tourism attractions as well as improve the region’s overall business climate.

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, which supports strategic investments in initiatives that build on the region’s competitive advantages.

More information on the investments can be found in the backgrounder below.

Quotes
“Our government's partnership with the Federal Government plays a vital role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of our province. The Way Forward includes a commitment to leverage more federal support to build a stronger, more diverse economy. Today’s investments in economic development and tourism initiatives in Labrador West will support the current and future economic prosperity of the region.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“It is great to see these investments announced today for the Menihek Nordic Ski Club Association, Cain’s Quest, and the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce. This funding will support tourism activities and economic development in the region of Labrador West. This is another excellent example of what is possible through meaningful federal-provincial collaboration‎.”
Graham Letto
Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and MHA for Labrador West

“Strategic investments in targeted areas that improve community capacity and encourage entrepreneurship will generate business and employment opportunities for the people of Labrador West. These investments complement existing community tourism infrastructure and support new and existing businesses in creating jobs for the middle class and those who are trying to join it.”
Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Investing in projects like those with Cain’s Quest and the Menihek Nordic Ski Club attracts tourists, grows the local economy and provides the people of Labrador West with improved amenities and attractions. The Labrador West Chamber of Commerce project provides the tools for businesses and entrepreneurs to increase economic development and create new jobs.”
Yvonne Jones
MP for Labrador

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Learn More
Labrador West - labradorwest.com external link

Menihek Nordic Ski Club - www.meniheknordicski.ca external link

Cain’s Quest - www.cainsquest.com external link

Labrador West Chamber of Commerce - www.labradorwestchamber.ca external link

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Media contacts
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BACKGROUNDER

Details on recent investments announced for Labrador West.

The Menihek Nordic Ski Club Association
The Menihek Nordic Ski Club Association is receiving $54,695 through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation’s Regional Development Fund, while ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund is contributing a non-repayable investment of $123,373. The project will include enhancements to the ski club’s infrastructure and product offerings. Specifically, the chalet and outer building will be renovated, trail development activities will be improved, new equipment will be purchased and marketing will be enhanced. These improvements will allow the ski club to position itself as a prime destination for cross-country skiing in North America. It will also allow the ski club to host higher calibre sporting events and attract higher calibre athletes.

Cain's Quest Inc.
Cain's Quest Inc. will receive $98,700 from the Provincial Government, and a non-repayable investment of $99,800 from ACOA’s Business Development Program. This project includes a contribution for a two-year period to market and host Cain’s Quest 2018. This pan-Labrador snowmobile endurance race will occur in March 2018. Its proposed route spans approximately 3,000 kilometres across eastern, northern, southern and western Labrador.

Labrador West Chamber of Commerce
The Labrador West Chamber of Commerce is receiving $99,870 from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation and the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, as well as a non-repayable investment of $99,500 from ACOA’s Business Development Program. This project allows the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce to host the Labrador MINEx mining symposium, a Women in Business conference and a series of five workshops aimed at increasing economic development in Labrador West. The Labrador West Chamber of Commerce is an association with a mandate to promote and improve trade and commerce as well as the economic, civil, and social welfare of the Labrador West region.

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