Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
April 6, 2018

The Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn to get New Permanent Structure

The Provincial Government and the Government of Canada are investing more than $334,000 to build a permanent, weather-safe structure at the Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn. This funding will help provide local area farmers, craft and food producers with an upgraded space to sell their products, which will improve customer experience and enhance the region's status as a tourism destination.

Colin Holloway, MHA for Terra Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, announced $92,868 from the Regional Development Fund to support the Farm and Market project. Churence Rogers, 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, today announced $241,458 from ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund to support the project.

The Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn is a social enterprise where specialty crops are locally grown, harvested, and sold to the community, and where other vendors sell their products. It produces meaningful employment for persons with disabilities living in the region through the work of the Ability Employment Corporation and promotes healthy living, culinary education and diversity.

This investment builds 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 involves targeted actions to create opportunities for all Atlantic Canadians, support long-term growth and position the region to capitalize on emerging opportunities in a variety of areas, including tourism.

Quotes
“Through our government’s commitments in The Way Forward and sector work plans, our collaborative actions will cultivate the conditions necessary to foster new and expanding business activity including social enterprise development. These efforts focus on stimulating employment for residents in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“The Government of Canada believes that investing in communities like Clarenville is necessary to strengthen the middle class and provide municipalities with the building blocks they need to grow, develop opportunities and support a high standard of living for all Canadians and their families. Strategic investments like this one build on competitive regional advantages and support diversification of our communities.”
Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Canada’s economic success comes from its strong communities, and the exceptional people who live, work and serve in them every day. A new, permanent facility for the Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn supports community growth, job creation, an extended tourism season, and social enterprise.”
Churence Rogers
MP for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

“The Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn is a prime example of how social enterprises help create healthy communities and job opportunities. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, the innovative ideas of the entrepreneurs who showcase their products, and support from the community, the Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn has become a popular weekend destination for local residents and tourists. Residents of Clarenville and the surrounding area are excited with the opportunities that a permanent, weather safe structure will bring. I would like to congratulate the Board of Directors for their vision and innovative thinking.”
Colin Holloway
MHA for Terra Nova

“The Farm and Market in Clarenville is thrilled to receive the financial support from ACOA and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation. This investment will future proof the vision for the Farm and Market and create unknown opportunities for local entrepreneurs while delighting and inspiring people from all walks of life.”
Keith Pardy
Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn

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Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn - www.farmandmarketclarenville.ca

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Media contacts
Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Paul McGrath
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
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Kristina George
Government Members Office
709-729-5306
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Krista Reader-Chatman
The Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn Inc.
709-425-1704
infofmiclarenville@gmail.com

2018 04 06                             2:50 p.m.