Government Investments Support Business and Tourism Development in Carbonear

News release

Federal and provincial support of more than $746,000 will help revitalize downtown Carbonear 

September 21, 2018 – Carbonear, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 

Making smart investments in Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry helps tourism operators develop and promote quality attractions that bring more visitors to our shores and create good middle-class jobs. The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are investing more than $746,000 to help the Town of Carbonear implement Phase One of its Downtown Revitalization Plan. 

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced a contribution of $538,796 from ACOA’s Innovation Communities Fund. The Honourable Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Transportation and Works and MHA for Carbonear, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII), also announced a contribution of $207,229 from the provincial government. 

The Town of Carbonear’s three-phased plan will create an attractive and distinctive Heritage Waterfront District that displays community pride and heritage, including improved streetscape, landscaping and signage to help guide visitors and residents to tourist sites and local businesses in the area. Phase One will focus on the Carbonear Row Cultural Quarter and includes enhanced sidewalks, signage, Wi-Fi hotspots, murals, fixed furniture, landscaping and lighting. 

These investments build on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by helping the region’s tourism industry attract more visitors and create new jobs across the region. This bold new approach is in line with Canada’s Tourism Vision, which seeks to make Canada a top-ten global tourism destination by 2025.

Quotes

“Tourism is an important industry that offers tremendous economic opportunities for further economic growth in Atlantic Canada. Growing the region’s tourism industry is a key goal of the Atlantic Growth Strategy.  Carbonear’s downtown core has incredible historical and heritage significance and this initiative will provide authentic experiences for visitors as well as growth opportunities for new and existing businesses.”

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Our government understands the value of partnership and co-operation. We continue to work collaboratively with the provincial government and communities like Carbonear to grow our economy, create jobs and foster and renew our tourism offerings. A revitalized downtown core will enhance the visitor experience, encourage new small business ventures and help grow the local economy.

- Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon

“The Visitor Journey is central to The Way Forward’s Provincial Tourism Product Development Plan. Today’s announcement aligns with this initiative, as it will build a connection to tourism products and experiences, as well as cultural and heritage assets in downtown Carbonear. When completed, these enhancements will certainly have a substantial impact on the regional economy by strengthening the tourism offerings on the Baccalieu Trail, and improving the Town of Carbonear’s tourism infrastructure as a whole.”

- The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“Carbonear is a community with hundreds of years’ worth of culture and history. The provincial and federal investments announced today will showcase this history in a new and modern way. This plan for the Heritage Waterfront District will provide a rewarding experience for visitors and residents as they explore one of the oldest European settlements in North America.”

- The Honourable Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Transportation and Works and MHA for Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde

“With every investment in tourism and economic growth in a community, such as Carbonear, a solid platform must be established to ensure that future development projects are sustainable. I am pleased to say that downtown Carbonear has this solid base. Investing in the revitalization of this area, by all three levels of government, will not only create a beautified area in our town, it will also create employment, promote tourism and a place to build and conduct commerce.”

- His Worship, Frank Butt, Mayor, Town of Carbonear

Contacts

Paul McGrath
Director of Communications
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
Paul.McGrath@canada.ca

Eric Humber
Media Relations Manager
Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Cynthia A. Davis, B. Comm. (Co-op)
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Carbonear
709-596-3831 Ext. 224
c.davis@nf.aibn.com


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