Funding Boosts Labrador Community Groups and Tourism Sector as Summer Season Gets Underway

by ahnationtalk on June 28, 2023108 Views

June 28, 2023

Labrador’s stunning terrains and rugged beauty attracts year-round adventure seekers from across the globe. The region is also home to proud, tightknit communities which help make this unique place even more special. Our government’s investments in tourism and community development allow strong infrastructure and sustainable growth, while helping to keep Labrador as a popular travel destination.

Today, the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Labrador Affairs and Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, announced provincial investments totalling $347,335 in three projects. Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced total ACOA investments of $1,896,743 for 19 projects in the Labrador region.

These investments support businesses, community associations, and visitor attractions with upgraded programs, services, and facilities. The contributions will encourage increased use of a number of public spaces, including trailways, a public garden, skating rinks, and ski trails, and will help improve several community attractions.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the commitment to support tourism development, community infrastructure, sustainable economic growth, and create new opportunities for rural businesses.

For the full list of projects, please see the backgrounder.

Quotes

“Our government is pleased to provide support for these three projects to support tourism and create new opportunities. Supporting the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association, the Southern Labrador Development Association and the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club, means vital funds will go into areas of Labrador that will further build the economy in the region and allow us to show those from outside the big land, what we have to offer.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Labrador Affairs and Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation

“When we can share the unrivaled beauty of Atlantic Canada’s many landscapes with the world in a sustainable, memorable and welcoming way, we enhance the quality of life for those who proudly call these places home. Today’s investment will help bolster our tourism industry and create new opportunities that will benefit the entire region.’’
Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Official Languages and Minister Responsible for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“This funding is fantastic news for Labrador and its residents. We are extremely proud of what we have here and love sharing it with the world. Investment of this level allows us to keep sharing it for generations to come.”
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador

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Backgrounder

Federal and Provincial Funding for Labrador Projects

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador invested $347,335 in three of the projects (as noted in the chart below).The Government of Canada invests more than $1,895,000 in Labrador to stimulate the local economy, create jobs, support the tourism sector, and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

CLIENT NAME PROJECT TOTAL MEDIA CONTACT
Southern Labrador Development Association Enhance the Labrador Pioneer Footpath destination trail. $274,056

non-repayable

(Additional $95,193 contributed by Government of NL)

Russell Hancock
709-931-2010
slda@mylabrador.ca
Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association Undertake the second phase of a multi-phase initiative that will result in the construction of a marina in central Labrador. $176,600

non-repayable

(Additional $225,680 contributed by Government of NL)

Tony Chubbs

709-899-3449

chubbs@nf.sympatico.ca

Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club Inc. Develop and enhance the Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club’s Programs and Services. $86,011

non-repayable

(Additional $26,462 contributed by Government of NL)

Alison Keats

General Manager

709-899-3189

manager@birchbrook.ca

 

Battle Harbour Historic Trust Inc. Implement facility infrastructure enhancements. $18,106

non-repayable

Peter Bull
709-921-6325
information@battleharbour.com
Penney’s Pitstop Ltd.  Penney’s Suites

 

Enhance the product offering of an existing accommodations property. $100,000

non-repayable

Charlene Penney

709-960-0499

penneyspitstop@outlook.com

Letto’s Enterprises Limited Northern Light Inn Undertook enhancements to an existing accommodations operation. $100,000

non-repayable

Brad Letto

709-931-2332

bradletto@hotmail.com

Atlantic Rivers Outfitting Company Inc. Enhance the product offering of an existing outfitting operation. $72,500

non-repayable

Chris Daley

709-758-1708

cdaly@atlanticrivers.com

Labrador Straits Regional Recreation Board Inc.

 

Replace the reefer system at the Labrador Straits Arena to improve energy efficiencies. $212,850

non-repayable

Mitch Roberts

709-927-5361 mitchroberts15@gmail.com

Rigolet Inuit Community Government Renovated an outdoor rink to provide more opportunities for residents to participate in recreational activities by installing a new concrete playing surface and sidewall boards. $165,000

non-repayable

Paula Flowers

709-947-3382

Town.clerk@rigolet.ca

 

 

 

Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited Improve the Bowdoin Canyon hiking trail. $93,750

non-repayable

Steve Power

709-925-3330

spowerjr@nlh.nl.ca

 

Forteau Fishermen’s Committee Inc. Exterior renovations made to a multi-purpose community building. $75,000

non-repayable

Andrew Saulter
709-931-2084
andrewsaulter@hotmail.com
Southern Labrador Development Association Expand and improve access to a regional community garden in the Labrador Straits. $57,600

non-repayable

Russell Hancock
709-931-2010
slda@mylabrador.ca
Makkovik Inuit Community Government Developed an accessible community park with picnic tables and a gazebo to revitalize the community and provide an outdoor space. $12,150

non-repayable

Doreen Winters
709-923-2221
townclerk@makkovik.ca 
NunatuKavut Community Council Marketed and hosted a variety of events from Cartwright to the Labrador Straits. $200,000

non-repayable

Kelly Broomfield

709-280-5965

communications@nunatukavut.ca

Labrador North Chamber of Commerce Inc. Developed self-guided tourism experiences in Central Labrador. $105,525

non-repayable

Julianne Griffin

709-899-5095

ceo@chamberlabrador.com

Southern Labrador Development Association Developed community craft and farmers markets in the Labrador Straits. $52,000

non-repayable

Russell Hancock
709-931-2010
slda@mylabrador.ca
Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation Marketed and hosted events to amplify local artisans, performers, and craft producers. $40,595

non-repayable

Doug Robbins

709-931-2103

doug@labradordata.ca

 

Destination Labrador Inc. Promoted and scaled-up the annual Trapline Marathon event in Central Labrador. $30,000

non-repayable

Randy Letto

709-897-5674

randy@destinationlabrador.com

 

Labrador Heritage Society Enhanced the downtown area of North West River to support come home year activities. $25,000

non-repayable

Ernest McLean

709-897-4935

eemclean71@gmail.com

 

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