Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
March 14, 2017

Governments Invest in Town of Holyrood

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, and Betty Parsley, MHA for Harbour Main, today announced a total investment of $122,918 for an 18-month oceans-related project in the Town of Holyrood.

MP McDonald announced $79,437 from ACOA�s Business Development Program, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency while MHA Parsley, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, announced $43,481. The Town of Holyrood to carry out strategic marketing and sector development activities to position the town to benefit from continued growth within the oceans sector.

The Town of Holyrood recently completed the initial phase of the Oceans Holyrood Initiative, which built capacity to promote the region as a place to conduct oceans related business activity through the development of a strategy and the creation of key business development assets. This project will support the town in further building the oceans sector.

�The Government of Canada believes that public investment is an important catalyst that spurs economic growth, job creation and broad-based prosperity. We believe the economy is the number one priority, and in order to advance our growth agenda, we need to work in collaboration with businesses, local communities like Holyrood, and non-profit sector organizations.�
The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

�The Government of Canada is making strategic investments like this one in Holyrood to build on competitive regional advantages and support diversification of our communities. This project builds upon the previous phase of the Oceans Holyrood Initiative and represents the next step in fuelling growth and creating jobs in the oceans sector within the town.�
Ken McDonald
Member of Parliament for Avalon

�The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador remains focused on ensuring sustainable regions throughout our province. As part of The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, one of our key goals is to build a stronger economic foundation, and this initiative advances that goal by assisting the Town of Holyrood with its pursuit of becoming a diversified, self-sustaining region with best-in-class oceans related research, education, training and business development.�
The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

�I'm very pleased to see these investments, which will enhance economic opportunities in the dynamic and thriving community of Holyrood. Today�s investment will continue to diversify the local economy into the ocean sector bringing new opportunities into our region.�
Betty Parsley
MHA for Harbour Main

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