Backgrounder - Minister Vandal announces major support for Manitoba’s tourism comeback 


More than $10.8 million to support Manitoba’s travel, tourism, and recreation initiatives, creating jobs and growing the economy

The Government of Canada is providing over $10.8 million to support 39 projects across Manitoba’s hard-hit tourism, travel, and recreation sector. These investments will help develop and upgrade tourist attractions and communities across the province.

PrairiesCan is investing $3,442,945 through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) for 11 projects. Through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), there is an investment of more than $951,000 to support three (3) projects. And $6,459,536 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) to support twenty-five (25) recreation and community revitalization projects. The combined $10.8 million investment in Manitoba’s tourism, travel, and recreation sector will help tourism operators and communities welcome visitors and residents back for new and upgraded experiences across the province.

Tourism Relief Fund

Launched in July 2021, the TRF helps organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements and offer new or enhanced products and services to help the sector attract more domestic and international visitors and prepare for future growth. Today, 11 Manitoba TRF projects funded through PrairiesCan were announced:

Assiniboine Park Conservancy Inc. ($500,000)
Support the development of a four-season tourism attraction at Leaf – Canada’s Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg.

The Forks Renewal Corporation ($500,000)
Build a Treaty Knowledge Centre at The Forks in Winnipeg, in partnership with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, and expand the Waterfront Loop trail.

Pineridge Hollow Ltd. ($99,999)
Develop 12 acres of forest space for fall and winter recreational activities that include skating trails, Indigenous teaching guides, outdoor classrooms, and self-guided meditation spaces.

Economic Development Winnipeg ($500,000) 
Lead an initiative to increase business and group tourism in downtown Winnipeg over the winter season.

Park Theatre Ltd. ($99,999) 
Undertake renovations to improve accessibility, promote inclusion, and implement post-pandemic health and safety measures.

Travel Manitoba ($350,000)
Create a Manitoba Destination Development Framework to guide local investments into post-pandemic tourism recovery.

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada ($500,000)
Develop and install exhibits in the newly constructed museum campus of the James A. Richardson International Airport.

Snoman Inc. ($500,000)
Develop and maintain snowmobile trails in rural and Northwestern Manitoba.

Winnipeg Trolley Ltd. ($40,545)
Undertake market research, product development, marketing and management activities to expand their business by creating a new line of luxury and corporate tour operations entitled Keystone Adventures.

Eagle Nest Landing Inc. ($88,800)
Develop, market, and deliver winter and shoulder season tourism products.

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre ($263,602)
Market and launch new palaeontological dig tours, build a field station, and buy an excavator in the Rural Municipality of Thompson.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

As part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the RRRF helps businesses and organizations across Canada to mitigate financial pressures caused by the pandemic. Through the RRRF, the Government of Canada is providing over $2 billion to help keep people employed, and to sustain employers for recovery. One quarter of the Fund was targeted to support the tourism sector. Three Manitoba RRRF recipients receiving funding through PrairiesCan were announced today:

Develop support services such as training, coaching, and outreach, research on best practices, and assistance with digital technologies to help SMEs at The Forks adapt to new market realities and mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

Continental Travel Group ($632,659)
Help position them to continue providing goods and services to their communities and maintain employment.

Manitoba Hotel Association ($219,000)
Help its members adapt and digitize to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

Canada Community Revitalization Fund

As part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the CCRF helps communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure projects so they can rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a national investment of $500 million over 2 years, the Fund’s purpose is to help not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, and other community groups, as well as Indigenous communities build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets, bring people back to public spaces safely as health measures ease, create jobs, and stimulate local economies. Today, 25 Manitoba CCRF recipients receiving funding through PrairiesCan were announced:

The Forks Renewal Corporation ($418,626)
Upgrade the riverbank site at The Forks in downtown Winnipeg. Project activities include site preparation work and installing limestone terrace blocks, artificial turf, lighting fixtures, and furnishings.

Assiniboine Park Conservancy ($500,000)
Build multiple outdoor public areas that will connect to the Outdoor Gardens at The Leaf at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg.

The Fort Whyte Alive Foundation Inc. ($747,465)
Enhance the wetland trails and gathering areas at Fort Whyte Alive environmental, education, and recreation centre.

Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone ($431,930) 
Revitalize the historic corridor on Broadway between Main Street and Osborne Street in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building.

Harvest Moon Society Inc. ($27,910)
Create ski and snowshoe trails that will provide the public with an enhanced recreational area that will be accessible year-round.

Mennonite Heritage Village ($30,000)
Develop walking trails in Steinbach.

Rural Municipality of Rosser ($18,072)
Develop outdoor recreational trails in the Rural Municipality of Rosser.

Rosenort Community Centre Inc. ($110,000)
Build new outdoor spaces at the Westfield Park and Arena in Rosenort.

Rural Municipality of Rockwood ($130,734)
Repurpose a retired rail-bed into a new trail system, creating an active transport route connecting the towns of Stonewall and Stony Mountain.

Rural Municipality of St. Andrews ($500,000)
Install a trail system alongside Highway 9 in St. Andrews.

Manitoba Tennis Association Inc. ($750,000)
Build tennis courts in West St. Paul.

Rural Municipality of La Broquerie ($250,000)
Build an outdoor skating area and three playgrounds La Broquerie.

Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne ($11,773)
Expand the concrete walking path network in Richer.

Central Corydon Community Centre ($332,549)
Replace hockey rink boards, gates, and glass at River Heights Arena.

Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone ($425,000)
Upgrade the outdoor community swimming pool in Gladstone.

Steep Rock Community Club ($4,500)
Enhance the greenspace assets in the greenhouse at Steep Rock.

Winnipeg Trails Association ($48,463)
Build and expand multi-use seasonal trails in Winnipeg.

Rural Municipality of Lorne ($44,625)
Create an outdoor trail and signage in Swan Lake.

Rural Municipality of Macdonald ($470,000)
Build two splash pads in Oak Bluff and La Salle.

Gilbert Plains Splash Pad Initiative ($273,294)
Build a splash pad in Gilbert Plains.

Brokenhead Ojibway Nation ($450,000)
Install a splash pad at the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation community in Scanterbury.

Sainte-Agathe Community Development Inc. ($128,820)
Build washrooms and a playground at Cheyenne Park in Ste. Agathe.

Women Healing for Change ($34,875)

Build a greenhouse at the Little Stars PLAYhouse in Winnipeg.

Pinawa Community Foundation Inc. ($48,400)
Upgrade Burrows playground in Pinawa.

Dauphin Recreation Services ($272,500)
Build an all-season recreation park in Dauphin, encouraging more social interaction and affordable recreational activities.

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Kyle Allen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Tammy Abel
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Prairies Economic Development Canada

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