March 9, 2017 — The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced a Government of Canada investment of $49,000, through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, to enable Regional Tourism Organization 12 (RTO 12) to ramp up its promotion of Parry Sound-Muskoka to the world.
The funds will be used to inventory tourism products from RTO12’s five sub-regions: Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Loring-Restoule, Muskoka and Parry Sound, and to develop a communications plan to promote select packages and itineraries designed for tourist markets from the UK and the US. The plan also includes market research, branded content development, social media and sharable content, as well as digital advertising.
“Our government’s investments in tourism help create new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, while creating jobs for middle class Canadians,” said The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor in making the announcement. “This project will help grow the Parry Sound and Muskoka tourism industry as well as position the region as a world-class international tourism destination.”
“We are thrilled the Government of Canada, through FedNor, is supporting our efforts to reach new tourism markets,” said Jackie Leung, Chair, Regional Tourism Organization 12. “Thanks to this support, RTO12 will be able to work with local tourism businesses and stakeholders to establish a suite of packages and itineraries that will attract new international visitors for extended stays, thus increasing visitor spending in the region.”
FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
February 28, 2017 — Following through on its commitment to help support local economies and the middle class, the Government of Canada announced a new investment of $3.8 million in Parry Sound-Muskoka.
Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre was in Parry Sound and Huntsville to make the announcement on February 28, 2017.
The investment is comprised of $1.1 million in Fednor funding announced in Parry Sound and $2.7 million announced in Huntsville. The funding is intended to accelerate business, economic and industrial growth, while creating jobs and advancing technology, innovation and broadband services throughout the PSM region.
It will go toward seven priority projects led by six local organizations; Parry Sound–Muskoka Community Network, Muskoka Millwrighting and Machining, Algonquin Natural Stone, Township of Strong, Muskoka North Good Food Co-op, and Muskoka Chautauqua.
“The funding announced today will increase sales and exports in the region and will help to maintain more than 350 middle class jobs. It will also help to attract more $7.5 million in private sector investment to the area, supporting growth prosperity and, again, jobs,” Minister Lefebvre told muskokaregion.com.
“It’s great to see the government following through on its commitment to the middle class and to supporting a growing economy here in Parry Sound-Muskoka,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka Riding Association President Trisha Cowie, who was on-hand for the announcement.
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