Moose Factory, Ontario, August 14, 2012 – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $126,725 to develop a strategic plan to help create jobs and enhance tourism in Moosonee, Moose Factory and communities in the neighbouring James Bay lowlands.
“Empowering Aboriginal communities to take charge of their economic future is a key priority for the Government of Canada,” said Minister Clement. “Today’s announcement will strengthen Northern Ontario’s tourism industry by developing a strategic plan that will help aboriginal communities capitalize on the inherent strengths of the region, create jobs and strengthen the economy.”
FedNor funding will enable the Moose Cree First Nation, in partnership with the Moose River Travel Association (MRTA), to develop and implement a strategic plan to enhance tourism in Northern Ontario’s Aboriginal communities. Known as the Moose River Hospitality Development Project, this tourism strategy will be designed to integrate, enhance and expand tourism services and marketing efforts. Once fully implemented, the strategy is expected to attract an additional 10,000 tourists to the area and triple overnight visits to nearly 6,000 within the five-year period.
“We are proud to work in partnership with the Government of Canada to build a strong, self-sustaining regional economy for Aboriginal communities in the area,” said Chief Norm Hardisty, Moose Cree First Nation. “This FedNor investment will help us attract more tourists to the area by creating new tourism offerings, expanding existing services and promoting the region as an ideal holiday destination to visitors and guests from around the world.”
Funding for this project was provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports initiatives that strengthen community economic development, enhance business growth and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
To find out more about FedNor, visit: fednor.gc.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
705-671-0715 or 1-877-333-6673 Ext 303