Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland getting a boost through Rediscover Main Streets 

News release

Government of Canada supports efforts to revitalize main streets, downtowns and neighbourhoods

August 19, 2022 · Old Perlican, Newfoundland and Labrador · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Atlantic Canada’s main streets, downtowns and neighbourhoods are vibrant spaces where people gather to enjoy all that our urban and rural communities have to offer. After more than two years of the pandemic, people are yearning to safely connect and return to the region’s downtown areas. The Government of Canada, through the Rediscover Main Streets initiative, is supporting community-led projects that will bring energy back to these lively and important community hubs.

Targeted support a game changer for Old Perlican

Today, Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, announced an investment of $117,577 through Rediscover Main Streets for Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, also announced a $50,000 investment from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

This support will allow Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland to host the first annual Deep Blues Seafood Festival in Old Perlican from August 19 to 21. The festival will invite residents and visitors to celebrate Newfoundland and Labrador’s world-class seafood products with dishes prepared by local and international chefs while enjoying blues music played by accomplished musicians. The event will strengthen the region’s tourism offerings, bring economic benefits to local businesses and encourage people to rediscover Old Perlican.

The Rediscover Main Streets initiative helps non-profit organizations team up to create new activities, develop marketing initiatives and promote events, all of which encourage residents and visitors alike to rediscover what the region’s communities have to offer and drive more support for local businesses.

The Government of Canada is committed to helping small businesses and local communities recover and together work hard to build a strong and resilient economic recovery that works for every Canadian.

Quotes

“Our main streets, downtowns and neighbourhoods are at the heart of our vibrant rural and urban communities here in Atlantic Canada. This innovative initiative will help breathe new life in our communities big and small, and encourage residents and visitors to come out and enjoy everything Old Perlican has to offer.”

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


“Old Perlican is one of our province’s oldest and most picturesque fishing communities and a jewel in Trinity Bay. Our support for Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland will help bring residents and visitors together for Old Perlican’s first-ever Deep Blues Seafood Festival. This festival will showcase our province’s world-class hospitality and culinary experiences, while strengthening the local economy.”

-        Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity

 

“The Deep Blues Seafood Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that will celebrate the best of Newfoundland and Labrador’s seafood and culinary arts, while also showcasing some of our best and brightest jazz musicians. This year, our province is celebrating Come Home 2022 – a year of celebrations and reunions – so it is the perfect time for the launch of this new festival. Congratulations and best wishes to the organizers.”

-        The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation

 

“Newfoundland and Labrador seafood products are recognized globally for their superior taste and nutritional benefits. The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture is a proud supporter of this event that will highlight and further enhance our province’s reputation as a reliable source of high quality, sustainably sourced seafood. Congratulations to the festival organizers and participating chefs for embarking on this exciting initiative. I encourage locals and visitors alike to make the trip to Old Perlican to participate.”

-        The Honourable Derek Bragg, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture

Quick facts

  • On March 18, 2022, ACOA launched Rediscover Main Streets, a $10-million initiative to support locally driven measures aimed at encouraging Atlantic Canadians and visitors to rediscover main streets and neighbourhoods across the region.

  • The Rediscover Main Streets initiative complements other federal, provincial and municipal measures to help businesses and communities build back better.

  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, ACOA has invested just under half a billion dollars to help businesses and organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting more than 20,000 jobs in communities across the region.

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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@acoa-apeca.gc.ca


Adrienne Luther

Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation

709-729-4819, 709-730-2953

adrienneluther@gov.nl.ca


Craig Renouf

Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture

709-637-2923, 709-640-6922

craigrenouf@gov.nl.ca


Cheri Holloway

Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland

709-631-1095

cheri@legendarycoasts.com

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