Backgrounder: Minister Boissonnault announces investments in Saskatchewan tourism experiences

Backgrounder

Funding of more than $3.7 million for 19 projects to enhance tourism experiences and attract more visitors to Saskatchewan

August 15, 2022 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – PrairiesCan

Tourism Relief Fund

Launched in July 2021, the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) helps organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements and offer new or enhanced innovative products and services to help the sector attract more domestic and international visitors and prepare for future growth. Today, 19 Saskatchewan TRF projects receiving total funding of $3,755,465 through PrairiesCan were announced:

  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park ($495,000)
    Enhance programming and provide a more dynamic tourist experience by improving story-telling in displays and tours through training and technology.
  • The Art Gallery of Saskatchewan Inc. ($500,000)
    Develop new programs and improve guest experiences at the Remai Art Gallery.
  • Meewasin Valley Authority ($230,900)
    Develop, pilot and deploy a series of experiential and sustainable tourism offerings centered around the Meewasin Valley.
  • Wheatland Express Inc. ($500,000)
    Develop an interpretative centre that focuses on Canadian, Indigenous and regional railway history in Wakaw.
  • Tourism Swift Current Inc. ($264,000)
    Develop tourist sites in Southwest Saskatchewan and promote the region as a tourism destination.
  • Westside Indigenous Experiences Inc. ($260,000)
    Develop a regional tourism plan and marketing strategy to attract visitors to Northwest Saskatchewan for authentic Indigenous wilderness experiences.
  • Conseil Économique et Coopératif de la Saskatchewan ($210,000)
    Develop Économusée circuit in Saskatchewan.
  • Mid-Sask Municipal Alliance Inc. ($210,000)
    Enhance tourism offerings at Manitou Beach and surrounding area.
  • Ness Core Ventures Inc. ($200,000)
    Improve infrastructure for development of new year-round tourism packages.
  • Shoal Lake Cree Nation ($155,000)
    Develop the Shoal Lake Cree Nation tourism plan.
  • Miyawata Culture Association Inc. ($153,000)
    Expand Indigenous festival at Poundmaker Cree Nation.
  • Grasslands Atmospheric Studio & Retreats Inc. ($99,999)
    Develop and market a high-end retreat facility that hosts small group wellness and art workshops.
  • Blatz Properties Inc. ($99,000)
    Develop and expand recreational accommodation in the Meadow Lake Provincial Park.
  • Village of Val Marie ($95,116)
    Revitalize key visitor infrastructure in Val Marie.
  • Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan Inc. ($93,450)
    Develop and implement a plan to restore and increase visitor numbers, and to market, the Wonderhub Children's Museum as a safe place for families post-COVID-19.
  • Regina Folk Festival Inc. ($75,000)
    Create digital offerings to complement live music festivals.
  • The Canadian Culinary Federation ($65,000)
    Support the 2022 Canadian Culinary Federation national conference in Saskatoon.
  • Back2Nature Wellness and Events Ltd. ($30,000)
    Develop an all-inclusive overnight stand-up paddle board package in Clavet.
  • Safari River Outdoors Ltd. ($20,000)
    Develop a venue for events to attract visitors to Meadow Lake in the off-season.

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Contacts

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
kyle.allen@rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca

Craig Henry
Communications Manager
Prairies Economic Development Canada
craig.henry@prairiescan.gc.ca

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