Minister Rickford Announces Tourism Funding For Red Lake

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Minister Greg Rickford
Minister Greg Rickford
Minister Greg Rickford MP - Kenora Riding
Minister Greg Rickford MP – Kenora Riding

RED LAKE – NEWS – “Our Government is very pleased to partner with the Municipality of Red Lake to help boost tourism in the region. Upgrades to the docks at Howey Bay are vital to the fishing community and events like the Norseman Festival, which attract hundreds of people every year. A trail network would also attract outdoor enthusiasts year round from the Red Lake area and across the region. These initiatives have huge economic potential for the region and our Government is pleased to be a part of it,” stated The Hon. Greg Rickford, MP-Kenora, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.

Greg Rickford, MP-Kenora announced an investment to help Red Lake diversify and strengthen the regional economy.

The FedNor of $84,008 will enable the Municipality of Red Lake to support two tourism-related initiatives. Of the total, $45,000 will be used to conduct an engineering study for the development of a multi-community trail network that would link Balmertown, Red Lake, Cochenour, Madsen and Starratt-Olsen. The remaining $39,008 will assist the city to upgrade its community docks, which serve as a focal point for community and angling events that draw visits to the area.

Quick Facts

  • According to Statistics Canada, tourism represents approximately $2 billion in revenue for   Northern Ontario, with nature-based tourism and angling attracting most of the visitors to the region.
  • The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
  • Since 2006, through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, the Harper Government has invested $329 million in support of more than 1,600 projects. These investments have supported more than 21,500 jobs throughout Northern Ontario.

“We are excited about the planned improvements to our docks that will help us boost the number of visitors at our community events while the trails engineering study will enable us to move forward with our strategic plan in an effort to promote a cohesive community,” stated Mayor Phil Vinet, Municipality of Red Lake.

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