Sept-Îles, Quebec, April 2, 2007 The Honourable
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of
Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of
$58,500 in non-repayable funding to the
Municipality of Portneuf-sur-Mer for action research to establish a
territorial diagnostic of this small community in the Regional County
Municipality MRC de la Haute-Côte-Nord.
This assistance from Canada Economic Development will enable the
Municipality of Portneuf-sur-Mer to work with the population and
public-, private- and community-sector partners to identify sustainable local
development strategy elements that will serve to promote the assets of this
890-resident community. The municipality's goal is to undertake a viable
economic and social development process based on the avenues recommended in the
action research, the findings of which are to be released in autumn 2007.
"The Agency is deeply concerned with the vitality of Quebec's communities,
particularly those where slow economic growth and inadequate employment are
prevalent. This exercise initiated by the
Municipality of Portneuf-sur-Mer fits well in line with the
determination of Canada's new government to help diversify the economic base of
vulnerable communities while fostering network-building and the mobilization of
stakeholders around mainstay projects. By adopting a long-range approach to its
economic and social development, the municipality will be increasing its ability
to thrive in a modern and dynamic economy," stated Minister Blackburn.
"Canada Economic Development's support is essential if our
municipality is to acquire the right tools and identify solid courses of action
to guide its future. We have a role to play in the economy of the MRC de la
Haute-Côte-Nord and are confident that the results of this collective
process will enable our municipality to reclaim its dynamism and
prosperity," explained Portneuf-sur-Mer
Mayor Jean-Marie Delaunay.
The Université du Québec à Rimouski's Centre de
recherche en développement territorial has been commissioned to carry out
this exercise using an interactive and participatory approach aimed at
encouraging local players to conduct their own diagnostic and identify the
courses of action to be followed. The Community Futures Development Corporation
(CFDC) serving the area, the SADC Haute-Côte-Nord, will also take an
active role in the process.
Claudie LamontagneCommunicationsCanada Economic DevelopmentTel.:
418-722-3282 or 1-800-463-9073E-mail: email@example.com
Roxane MarchandPress SecretaryOffice of the Honourable Jean-Pierre
BlackburnCanada Economic Development Tel.: 819-953-5646Cell.: