Growing tourism opportunities in Western Newfoundland

News release

More than $600,000 invested to enhance infrastructure and strengthen the tourism industry

February 2, 2024 · Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

From skiing and snowmobiling in the winter to hiking and mountain biking in the summer, Western Newfoundland is a world-class tourist destination year-round. It supports hundreds of good jobs and generates many direct and indirect economic opportunities. Activities that all grow the province’s reputation as an attractive place to live, visit and do business.

The Government of Canada is investing in tourism operators to help expand their operations and building up community infrastructure to make sure Western Newfoundland can attract more visitors, and deliver enhanced, accessible experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Committed to enhancing tourism ecosystem

Today, the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced a total investment of $624,159 for six tourism-related projects in Western Newfoundland.

Funding for these projects has been made possible through Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) and the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).

Among those receiving non-repayable financial contributions are: Western NL DMO Inc. (Go Western), Town of Cow Head, Gros Morne Co-operating Association, Corner Brook Stream Development Coproration, Town of Humber Arm South, and Corner Brook Port Corporation.

For a full list of the projects, see the backgrounder.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to bolstering the region’s tourism ecosystem so that visitors and residents alike can enjoy, celebrate, and benefit from new and improved destinations and attractions. 


“Western Newfoundland’s breathtaking landscape and vibrant communities hold the key to a wealth of untapped tourism opportunities. From its rugged beauty to the warmth of our local hospitality, we want the world to discover what makes Newfoundland’s west coast an unforgettable destination..”

-   The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

Quick facts

  • The Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program creates the right conditions to start and grow businesses in Atlantic Canada. Through REGI, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is helping businesses and non-profit organizations develop a strong, dynamic and inclusive economy.

  • ACOA’s investments are also delivered through the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), which builds on the strengths of communities and provides the tools needed to identify opportunities for sustainable economic growth.

  • Total non-repayable investment made today for six tourism and community-related projects in Western Newfoundland is $624,159.

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Connor Burton

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development and of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Paul McGrath

Director of Communications

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency


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