Backgrounder: CED invests nearly $2M to develop tourism in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region


Val-d’Or, Quebec, December 11, 2023Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The following information is in addition to the news release issued on December 11, 2023, on CED’s financial assistance, the recipient organizations and their respective projects.


  • 11 projects supported by CED
  • $1,884,655 in non-repayable contributions from CED
  • $3,918,667 in total investments generated


Recipient Municipality Project objective Main activities funded by CED CED contribution Total project cost

Kebaowek First Nation


The project involves the creation, planning, organization and implementation of a major new tourist attraction showcasing Anicinabe history and culture.

The main activities include interior design; programming and activity planning; equipment and resource evaluation; the development of a five‑year strategic plan for tourism; marketing; and the hiring of a tourism coordinator.

The CED funding targets all the project costs.




Chalets Baie des Plongeurs

(10039365 Canada inc.)


The project aims to improve the outfitter's tourism offering.

The main activities undertaken are the winterization and renovation of cottages, the acquisition of nautical equipment, the installation of new septic tanks, and the installation of a hybrid solar energy system.

CED’s contribution focuses mainly on the cost of installing the hybrid solar energy system.



La pourvoirie du Lac Matchi-Manitou

(9337-7406 Québec inc.)


The project aims to upgrade the accommodation facilities and the client experience at La pourvoirie du lac Matchi-Manitou to attract a wider client base year-round.

The main activities are to add out-of-the-ordinary accommodation establishments; expand the washroom facilities; install solar panels; purchase indoor furniture and recreational equipment; integrate online booking software; and restore walking trails.

CED's contribution focuses primarily on the purchase and installation of four yurts and their necessary equipment, and the acquisition and installation of solar panels.




Camachigama inc.


The goal of the project is to upgrade facilities and extend the outfitter’s operating season to build client loyalty and attract visitors from Ontario and the U.S.

The main activities include renovating 20 cottages and acquiring 12 gas engines for boats.

CED’s contribution focuses exclusively on costs related to the modernization of cottages, including labour costs.




Dorval Lodge

(9041-0903 Québec inc.)


The goal of the project is to adapt existing accommodation units in order to attract clients by improving the quality and comfort of the accommodations.

The main activities include renovating the lodge, cottages and reception area; replacing wood-burning stoves with propane furnaces; and rehabilitating the site’s septic fields to meet current environmental standards.

CED’s funding helps cover all the project costs, except for in-house labour.




Pourvoirie Chalets Diane


The objective of the project is to extend the outfitter’s operating season and boost the number of clients by upgrading the services provided.

The main activities include modernizing and winterizing five units and a lodge; installing septic tanks and water wells; and acquiring energy-efficient equipment (refrigerators, ovens, windows and doors), nautical equipment and furnishings.

CED’s contribution covers the cost of acquiring and installing a septic system and modernizing the accommodation facilities.





Auberge de l’Orpailleur

(9461-1159 Québec inc.)


Through this project, Auberge de l’Orpailleur aims to upgrade its accommodations by modernizing its facilities.

The main activities will include fitting up four rooms with private bathrooms and the necessary furnishings; repairing the roof and the patio; and installing an electrical terminal and a ramp for persons with reduced mobility.

The CED funding targets all the project costs.




Société économique de Kitcisakik inc.


The project involves modernizing an Indigenous tourist attraction and developing and upgrading tourism products, services and experiences in the community of Kitcisakik in order to accommodate more visitors.

The main activities involve doing work at the maple stand to expand the kitchen, building an eco-friendly washroom facility and conducting a market study for the development of tourist destinations.

CED's contribution primarily covers the purchase of building materials; labour and management costs for the renovation of the kitchen; the installation of an eco-friendly comfort station; and marketing activities (which includes the cost of the market study and the development of marketing tools).




La Coureuse des bois

(13464458 Canada inc.)


The goal of the project is to modernize and adapt out-of-the-ordinary tourist accommodations in the boreal wilderness in order to attract European visitors.

The main activities include renovating the existing accommodations and the reception cabin; acquiring a Finnish sauna and rolling stock; creating a virtual reality video; travelling to Europe to give presentations; and the business’s operating costs.

CED's contribution primarily targets the costs associated with renovation, the acquisition of rolling stock and a Finnish sauna, and the creation of a virtual reality video.




Maple Leaf Lodge

(7965834 Canada inc.)


The project aims to modernize the outfitter’s tourism supply.

The main activities will be the modernization of two cottages, including the installation of solar panels; the acquisition of nautical equipment; and the purchase of indoor and outdoor furniture.

The CED funding targets all the project costs.




Corporation Augustin-Chénier inc.


The main activity will be a pre-feasibility study on the creation of a new tourist attraction in Témiscamingue, i.e., an immersive multimedia historical/cultural presentation. The project involves developing a multisensory experience with sounds, lighting and virtual animation.

CED’s funding targets all the project costs, i.e., the professional fees for the pre‑feasibility study




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