Town of St. Anthony to enhance its ‘sense of arrival’

News release

Federal and provincial government investments helping to boost St. Anthony’s tourism potential

August 25, 2022 · St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry is vital to the region’s economy and supports thousands of local jobs and businesses. The Government of Canada is investing to help municipalities like the Town of St. Anthony improve tourism infrastructure and create economic opportunities in the region.

Governments support tourism growth in St. Anthony

Today, the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced $442,353 for the Town of St. Anthony. The Honourable Krista Lynn Howell, Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, also announced a $170,649 investment from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

This funding will allow the town to implement Phase I of its beautification plan and create new tourism opportunities. This project includes making the entrance to the town more welcoming for visitors; upgrading the Fishing Point Park waterfront walkway; creating a new lookout that overlooks St. Anthony Harbour; and marketing. Together, the upgrades will foster a sense of positivity and excitement upon arrival for visitors and cruise ships. This will help grow the town’s status as a key tourism destination and a service hub for the area.

Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to helping Atlantic Canadian communities realize their tourism potential, attract more visitors and contribute to a strong and swift economic recovery.

Quotes

“A strong, vibrant Atlantic Canadian tourism industry is vital to the region’s economy. By investing in important initiatives like this one with the Town of St. Anthony, we are ensuring the sustainability of the tourism sector and contributing to regional economic development so our economy bounces back even stronger.”

- The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA


“Tourism is key to diversifying and strengthening our province’s beautiful and historic communities like St. Anthony. I am delighted that the Government of Canada is investing in this project to help the town implement Phase I of its beautification plan. It will enhance the world-class tourism experiences that St. Anthony has to offer, draw more visitors, and help the region’s tourism industry thrive once again.”

- The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains


“The Provincial Government is pleased to contribute to the continued economic development on the Northern Peninsula. Partnering and supporting the town of St. Anthony is an opportunity to diversify, grow and strengthen the economic future of the region and its draw as a tourist destination.”

- Honourable Krista Lynn Howell, Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs and MHA for St. Barbe - L'Anse aux Meadows


St. Anthony Town Council thanks all levels of government for their continued investment in our beautification project. Such strategic support illustrates that government is committed to the growth and future of our community and surrounding area. Without such backing, these very worthwhile initiatives would never be possible.”

- His Worship Brad Johannessen, Mayor of St. Anthony

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is providing a non-repayable contribution of $442,353 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund.

  • The Innovative Communities Fund builds on the strengths of communities and provides the tools needed to identify opportunities for sustainable economic growth.

  • The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $170,649 toward the project.

  • Sense of arrival’ is defined as the way visitors are greeted once they arrive at a destination. It sets the tone for their entire visit.

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Contacts

Marianne Blondin

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Marianne.Blondin@acoa-apeca.gc.ca


Paul McGrath

Director of Communications

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

709-689-5731

Paul.mcgrath@canada.ca


Eric Humber

Industry, Energy and Technology

709-729-5777, 725-9655

erichumber@gov.nl.ca


Brad Johannessen

Mayor

Town of St. Anthony

709-454-3453

johannessen.brad@gmail.com

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