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Archived - Federal Government Launches $10-million National Recreational Trails Program

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June 26, 2014 – Sussex, New Brunswick – Infrastructure Canada

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (ACOA), and Jo-Anne Farquhar, President of the National Trails Coalition (NTC) today launched the National Recreational Trails Program.

Canada has a vast network of recreational trails which allow Canadians to experience the outdoors and appreciate this country's natural beauty. Thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition, $10 million will be available between 2014 and 2016 to help expand and rehabilitate Canada's snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail system.

Now that the National Recreational Trails Program is "open for business", local trail organizations across Canada are invited to submit project proposals directly to the National Trails Coalition over the next 45 days. The Coalition is responsible for selecting and approving projects.

Quick facts

  • Economic Action Plan 2014 announced funding of $10 million over two fiscal years, 2014-15 and 2015-16, to expand and improve snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, off-road motorcycle and non-motorized recreational trails across the country through an agreement between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition.
  • This funding will help build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling.
  • Local trail organizations across Canada can now submit project proposals directly to the National Trails Coalition.
  • Between 150 and 200 projects are expected to be supported across Canada.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to renew its partnership with the National Trails Coalition and to announce the availability of $10 million for projects to expand and improve recreational and multi-purpose trails. By investing in trail infrastructure, the Government of Canada is encouraging job creation, linking communities and increasing recreational opportunities for Canadians. Through this agreement, the Government of Canada continues to support economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live."

- The Honourable Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"The NTC was founded in the belief that trail users and volunteer trail builders/managers can achieve much more by working collaboratively and supporting each other's goals. Thanks to the support of our Federal Government, trail user groups can now apply for project funding to facilitate trail building, refurbishment, and upgrade activities that will be beneficial to the long term sustainability of all forms of trail-based activities across Canada."

- Jo-Anne Farquhar, President of the National Trails Coalition Board of Directors

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Contacts

Vincent Rabault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-943-1838

Jo-Anne Farquhar
President of the National Trails Coalition
Office: 416-491-4449 ext. 105
Toll-Free: 1-877-470-6642
Cell: 416-996-9207

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll-free 1-877-250-7154
Email: media@infc.gc.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Website: Infrastructure Canada

From left to right: Minister Lebel, Jo-Anne Farquhar and Minister Moore at the launch of the National Recreational Trails Program.

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