Government of Canada announces investment to support tourism in Corner Brook

News release

Corner Brook Port Corporation

Improvements to the Port of Corner Brook to increase cruise ship activity and enhance visitor experience 

August 20, 2019 – Corner Brook, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 

Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits across the country by supporting one in ten jobs. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in our tourism sector’s businesses and assets. 

Today, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, announced funding of $120,000 to support the Corner Brook Port Corporation as it makes capacity, aesthetic and safety improvements for visiting cruise ships and its passengers. This investment is being made through the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), which supports Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences. This announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.  

Thanks to our government’s support for projects like this one with the Corner Brook Port Corporation, Canadians and visitors to Canada via cruise ships will be welcomed to a safe, bright, culturally rich port with dockside amenities to support visitation in the shoulder season. This project will include the commissioning of several artistic mobile backdrops, improved and consistent directional signage, improved Wi-Fi service, improved covered market area for local vendors, and temporary event shelters. A limited dredging program will also be undertaken to improve the safety of the berth for large vessels. 

This announcement takes place in the wake of Minister Joly’s announcement of the new tourism strategy: Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The Strategy, which was developed based on feedback from Canadians and the work of the Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy, highlights the importance of Canada’s tourism sector as an economic driver for communities across the country.

Quotes

“This investment will help the Corner Brook Port Corporation to further develop their tourism products and experiences. Our government’s goal is to help communities big and small reap the benefits of the global tourism boom to diversify their economies and create good jobs for middle-class families. The City of Corner Brook and indeed the entire west coast of the island of Newfoundland is a ruggedly beautiful, culturally rich, and exceptionally scenic tourism destination.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

“Innovation doesn’t only happen in big cities; it happens in all regions of Canada. That’s why our regional development agencies play an important role in helping businesses turn innovation into economic growth and good jobs for Canadians. Through the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), our government is investing in the development of our tourism sector and the economic potential of our vibrant communities.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“As the global cruising industry evolves, so must our ports of call. The Corner Brook Port Corporation works diligently to ensure its services and amenities meet and exceed the expectations of the most experienced and discerning traveller. From the natural rugged beauty of the coastline to the intricate local crafts and artwork, from the ability of visitors to connect to the internet to the provision of a great backdrop for a selfie, Corner Brook is a world-class stop for cruise ships during spring, summer and fall.”
– Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

“Corner Brook Port has successfully grown cruise ship visitation with record bookings in 2019 and 2020. We want to build on this success to deliver a product beyond our passenger expectations. The port improvements supported by this project will enhance the experience of our guests. We want to ensure our visitors can readily navigate to the downtown core, and have the opportunity to experience Corner Brook. Visual backdrops will be portable so they can be used at special events throughout the city providing an opportunity for visitors to post their unique selfie shots with “greetings from Corner Brook” further promoting the destination!”
– Jackie Chow, Chief Executive Officer, Corner Brook Port Corporation

Quick facts

  • Tourism represents more than 2% of the total value of goods produced and services provided in Canada.

  • Tourism supports more than 1.8 million jobs in Canada.

  • Regional development agencies are one of Canada’s four flagship platforms supporting innovation, along with the Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Strategic Innovation Fund and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

  • Canada has six regional development agencies supporting economic development in every region of Canada.

  • The Corner Brook Port Corporation (CBPC) is a community-controlled organization incorporated in 2001.

  • Its mission is to ensure the growth and development of the Port of Corner Brook by providing a high quality ocean transportation and distribution link to serve the needs of Western and Northern Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • The Port of Corner Brook has been hosting cruise ships for many years. In recent years, the number of port calls has been increasing with 15 ships calling in 2018 and 20 scheduled to visit in 2019.

Contacts

Jeremy Ghio
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
Jeremy.Ghio@canada.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Paul McGrath
Director, Public Affairs
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
paul.mcgrath@canada.ca

Jackie Chow, CPA, CA
Chief Executive Officer
Corner Brook Port Corporation
709-634-6600
jchow@cornerbrookport.com


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