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FedDev Ontario supports 34 projects to drive community revitalization, tourism and local economic growth
October 12, 2022
As one of Canada’s top tourist destinations, the Niagara region attracts more than 13 million visitors each year to enjoy the area’s renowned tourist attractions, wineries, museums, shops, restaurants and the natural beauty of local parks and Niagara Falls. Tourism spending in the region is over $2 billion annually and has a significant spillover impact on the local economy. The Government of Canada understands the importance of the tourism sector and vibrant community spaces for destinations like Niagara and is committed to supporting these communities as they rebound from the pandemic and position for a strong future.
Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced over $8.2 million in support for 34 tourism and community infrastructure projects in the Niagara region. She was joined by Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, and Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre. These investments, through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), will create and revitalize community spaces and enhance tourism attractions to welcome more visitors and build stronger, more vibrant communities.
The announcement was hosted by the City of St. Catharines, which received a non-repayable contribution of more than $175,000 to renovate the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. With this investment, the City will install new museum exhibits and make the entrance more accessible.
In addition, Plenty Canada received $180,000 to install contemporary Indigenous public art at Jordan Hollow Park in Lincoln, establishing an Indigenous cultural park that will be a gathering space for community members and visitors, celebrating Indigenous art and culture in the region.
An additional 32 projects in the Niagara region are receiving support to enhance community spaces and tourist offerings, attract visitors and prepare for future growth. Project details can be found in the backgrounder.
“Modern, vibrant community spaces and tourist sites attract millions of visitors to the Niagara region annually, creating jobs and generating important economic growth. Today’s investment will help the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, Plenty Canada and 32 other businesses and organizations across the Niagara region to improve public spaces and tourist experiences, benefiting visitors and local communities.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“Our government is committed to ensuring the tourism, events, cultural and community sectors have the support they need to recover from the impacts of the pandemic. The more than $8.2-million investment announced today for 34 local community infrastructure and tourism projects is making a difference for the Niagara region which attracts millions of visitors each year and adds to the vibrant culture that makes Canada so special.”
– Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines<
“Niagara region, a world class destination, has so much to offer. These investments made through the Government of Canada are helping our communities and businesses welcome back tourists and prepare for a strong, resilient future.”
– Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre
“The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is grateful for this funding which is providing the Museum the opportunity to bring the stories of the people of our community to life in a new way. This funding is helping us to make gallery improvements that will provide our visitors with new exhibits and make upgrades to our facility’s accessibility, making it easier for people of all abilities to access the stories we have to tell.”
– Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services/Curator, St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre
“The first Indigenous people to encounter Europeans in the Niagara Region were those of the Neutral Nation, an Iroquoian language speaking group. Through this contribution, we will commission public artworks to add to a newly designed Jordan Hollow Park, helping to make it an Indigenous arts and tourism destination.”
– Tim Johnson, Supervisor, Plenty Canada
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario