Executive Council
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

May 13, 2017

Multiple Projects in Bonne Bay Region Receive Government Funding

The Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada recognize the value and importance of strong rural communities to economic health and prosperity, and to the creation of meaningful opportunities and good-paying jobs for the middle class. Together, the Provincial and Federal Governments are investing more than $2.1 million in four projects in communities in the Bonne Bay region.

The announcement was made today by the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, also participated in the announcement.

These investments will support: implementation of Phase One of the Town of Rocky Harbour’s Master Development Plan, efforts to enhance programming at Memorial University’s Bonne Bay Marine Station, the establishment of a collaborative partnership between Grenfell Campus and the artistic, environmental and tourism clusters in the Gros Morne National Park region, and upgrades to the trail network in the Town of Woody Point.

Together, these initiatives will bolster the region’s diversity and capacity, stimulate tourism and business growth, and foster vibrant communities for the benefit of residents, visitors, students and businesses in the area.

“As Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and the MHA for Humber - Gros Morne, I am pleased to see this investment in the Bonne Bay region as it contributes to the collective effort of different levels of government to support local tourism product development on the west coast. As outlined in The Way Forward, we intend to reach $1.6 billion annually in resident and non-resident visitor spending by 2020, and these projects will play a key role in enabling residents and travellers to explore more of the area’s rich culture, strong heritage and spectacular scenery. Gros Morne and surrounding areas have become an internationally recognized destination, as well as a tourism jewel for our province.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Tourism is a vital component of our province’s economy, which directly employs 18,000 people at more than 2,200 businesses. These infrastructure investments support employment, and help to engage and further deliver on our 2017-20 Provincial Tourism Product Development Plan. Our government supports enhancing business opportunities to spur economic growth, and these investments into the Bonne Bay region are a clear indication of our commitment to maximize the economic benefits that tourism brings to Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“The Government of Canada is committed to making investments which strengthen our communities, nurture opportunities for business growth and development, and create good, well-paying jobs for middle-class Canadians. These investments in the Gros Morne area will help strengthen what this picturesque, high-quality tourism destination has to offer to both residents and visitors alike.”
Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Gros Morne National Park is widely recognized as a jewel in Canada’s tourism crown offering spectacular views, world-class outdoor adventures, culturally authentic experiences and high-quality services. These investments will help every facet of life in this region - from research to business, quality of life for residents to the quality of experiences for visitors.”
Gudie Hutchings
Member of Parliament, Long Range Mountains 

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Learn more
For more information, please visit:

Gros Morne National Park - www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nl/grosmorne External Link Icon

Bonne Bay Marine Station - www.bonnebay.ca/Pages/default.aspx External Link Icon

Town of Rocky Harbour - www.rockyharbour.ca/ External Link Icon

Town of Woody Point - woodypoint.ca/ External Link Icon

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Media contacts
Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655

Paul McGrath
Director, Public Affairs

Debbie Reid
Town Clerk-Manager
Town of Rocky Harbour

Professor Duncan McIlroy
Interim Director
Bonne Bay Marine Station
(709) 726-6570

Pamela Gill
Communications Manager
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University

Jacqueline Blanchard
Town Manager
Town of Woody Point


2017 05 13                                                    3:35 p.m.