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News release

New project provides critical water access for tourism sector in West Hants

December 16, 2021 · Windsor, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry is vital to the region’s economy, supporting thousands of local jobs and businesses. That is why the Government of Canada is investing to help the West Hants Regional Municipality create a fresh water supply for Ski Martock, a major winter tourism operator in the area, to support its snowmaking operations.

Federal investment supports sustainability of rural businesses

Today, Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, announced a non-repayable investment of $1,105,000 to the West Hants Regional Municipality. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The investment enabled the Municipality to install new infrastructure that supplies fresh water for the snowmaking equipment used by Ski Martock. The ski hill employs 12 full-time and 200 seasonal individuals and attracts over 80,000 visitors to the area annually.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to positioning local economies for long-term growth by building on regional strengths, creating jobs, growing local economies and improving Canada’s collective competitiveness.

Quotes

“In a time when our economy is working hard to recover, it’s essential that businesses have the resources they need to thrive. Tourism is a big economic driver in Atlantic Canada, and investing in rural communities to support our tourism operators will help them to attract more visitors, create jobs and boost local economies. Together, we’ll build back stronger.”
- The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“I am very pleased to see how quickly ACOA staff and stakeholders have been able to move to ensure the Ski Martock mitigation project is underway. The economic importance of Ski Martock cannot be understated, with 200 jobs at peak season and 80,000 unique visits to the region, it is crucial that our government has a measure in place to ensure they have a season.”
- Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants

“The West Hants Regional Municipality fully understands the positive economic impacts resulting from Ski Martock having a season this year.  We look forward to the project completion and welcoming the many visitors to our area.” 
- Abraham Zebian, Mayor, West Hants Regional Municipality

“We recognize the importance of our operation to the local economy, as an employer and as a place for families to foster a love of the outdoors, participating in the lifetime activities of skiing and snowboarding.  We’re pleased to be working together to overcome this challenge and look forward to providing winter fun for the coming season and for the years beyond.”
- Heather and Jim Boylan, Co-owners, Ski Martock

Quick facts

  • The West Hants Regional Municipality incorporated on April 1, 2020 when the Town of Windsor and the Municipality of the District of West Hants consolidated.

  • Ski Martock has an estimated economic impact of $4.2 million annually.

  • Funding for this project is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).

Contacts

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
catherine.mounier-desrochers@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Chris Brooks
Communications Director, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-830-3839
chris.brooks@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Mark Phillips
Chief Administrative Officer
West Hants Regional Municipality
902-798-8391
mphillips@westhants.ca

Ski Martock
admin@martock.com

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