Feb. 22, 2010
GRAND FALLS (CNB) - New Brunswick will soon offer improved snowmobile trails to the 12,000 snowmobilers who use the 7,000-km provincial trail system annually as a result of investments made by the federal and provincial governments.
The announcement was made Saturday, Feb. 20, by Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert, who is also acting minister of tourism and parks; and Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen.
"With New Brunswick as a four-season destination, the snowmobiling experience is an important activity in the products we have to offer tourists during the winter," said Albert. "Our investment of $185,000 for upgrades on the snowmobile trail system will ensure our entire province continues to enjoy the economic benefits generated by the snowmobiling industry."
Albert was speaking on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"The Government of Canada, through the Economic Action Plan, is taking steps to stimulate the economy, create jobs and support regions hardest hit by the recent global economic downturn," said Allen. "Our investment of more than $300,000 through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) will allow the New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (NBFSC) to provide important construction employment opportunities while improving recreational snowmobile infrastructure throughout the province."
Allen was speaking on behalf of National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also the minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the minister for the Atlantic Gateway.
The federal and provincial investments will enable the NBFSC to repair or upgrade the 350 wooden bridges that link the snowmobile trails and to buy and install signage throughout the network.
"As a volunteer organization, this funding for the New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is critical for important signage and trail bridges that will contribute to the overall safety for all snowmobilers travelling on the extensive trail system," said Léon Bourque, president, NBFSC. "Ultimately, this investment by the federal and provincial governments will mean improved infrastructure that will attract even more snowmobilers from across New England and Eastern Canada coming to experience New Brunswick's White Gold."
The Government of Canada is investing $302,500 under the CAF, a key federal economic stimulus initiative; the Province of New Brunswick, $185,000; and the NBFSC, $30,000.
The Economic Action Plan is providing $1 billion over two years through CAF to create and maintain jobs in communities and industries affected by the economic downturn. ACOA administers Atlantic Canada's allocation of $100 million under the CAF.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Erin Filliter, director of communications, Office of the Minister of National Revenue, 613-941-7241; Stéphanie Bilodeau, senior communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, NB, 506-452-3034.