Canada – Minister François-Philippe Champagne to make major announcement concerning Atlantic Canada’s life sciences sector

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, will visit Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to make a major announcement concerning Atlantic Canada’s biomanufacturing sector.

In July 2021, the Government of Canada announced its Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy, which presents a long‑term vision to protect Canadians against future epidemics and pandemics.

The Minister will hold a media availability following the announcement.

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. (AT)



11 Aviation Avenue

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

A live broadcast of the announcement will be available on Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Facebook page.

Notes for media:

Media representatives can participate to the event in person or virtually.

Media outlets wishing to take part in the teleconference are asked to contact ISED Media Relations no later than 5 p.m. (ET) on November 17 to receive the dial-in information.

Media representatives attending in person will be required to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination. 

Following the announcement, media representatives will be invited to join the Minister for a tour of the facility.

John Power

Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations

Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Canada – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne announces over $2 million in funding for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and quad trail maintenance in the Mauricie and Lanaudière regions

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Practising winter trail activities contributes to the vitality of Quebec’s regions. Many regions have been impacted by the global pandemic and, specifically, by the temporary absence of international tourists. Outdoor activities have, however, allowed local inhabitants to have fun and take advantage of Canada’s natural beauty and richness, while at the same time helping our communities diversify their economies.

To further showcase the unparalleled attractions of the regions of Quebec and to ensure that businesses and organizations offering winter trail activities are ready for the next and subsequent seasons, we need to continue investing in trail maintenance so as to provide an optimal experience for tourists both from home and abroad.

Enhancing the future winter season experience in the Mauricie and Lanaudière regions
With this in mind, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for

Saint-Maurice–Champlain and Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, acting on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED, today announced a total of $2,137,446 in non-repayable contributions under the Winter Tourism Initiative for 16 cross-country ski, snowmobiling and quad organizations in the Mauricie and Lanaudière regions, namely the Club Quad Mégaroues Joliette; the Club de motoneigistes Manawan; the Société de développement des parcs régionaux de la Matawinie; the Club Motoneige Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci; the Club Royaume de la motoneige; Quad Matawinie; the Club quad Les Randonneurs, le Paradis du Quad Ouareau; the Club Moto-Neige St-Donat; the Club de ski de fond La Tuque Rouge; Énergie CMB; the Club de Motos-Neige du comté de Champlain; the Club Quad Mékinac (2011); Quad Mauricie 2006; the Club Motoneige Armony; and the Club de Motos-Neige de la Mauricie.

Additional information on the projects is provided in the related backgrounder.

The Government of Canada is keen to support recreational, cultural and sports projects that have a positive impact on tourism and the local economy, especially in these uncertain times. The investments announced today will help with the upgrading and preparation of facilities for the post‑COVID-19 recovery, and these initiatives will benefit all Canadians and, eventually, tourists from all around the world.

“CED’s funding announced today highlights our willingness to support winter tourism projects and confirms our commitment to the country’s businesses, organizations and citizens in these difficult times. The announcement of the financial contributions awarded to these businesses and organizations is very good news in terms of the attractiveness of the Mauricie and Lanaudière regions. Our government’s investment in winter attractions will help ensure that we are ready to welcome both local tourists and, eventually, tourists from around the world.”

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain and Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Tourism is an economic driver for all our communities and will be a key part of our economic recovery. Winter tourism energizes the regions during the coldest months of the year and, as we have seen during the pandemic, contributes not only to the well-being of citizens but also to the vitality of local economies. Our government is proud to promote initiatives such as these, which are having a positive impact on regional economic development, supporting good jobs for the middle class and bringing joy to people in a northern country such as ours.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED

Quick facts

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, is also the minister responsible for the six regional development agencies (RDAs), including CED.
With an initial budget of $10 million over two years under CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program, the Winter Tourism Initiative aims to increase the practice of winter trail activities and sports and the resulting economic benefits. It helps organizations acquire equipment and pursue maintenance activities that ensure the safety of cross-country ski, snowmobiling and quad trails. Given the significant benefits of the many projects submitted through the Initiative, the budget has been topped up to a current total of nearly $13 million.
CED is the key federal partner for regional economic development in Quebec. Through its 12 regional business offices, CED helps businesses, support organizations and the regions of Quebec prepare for the economy of tomorrow.

Associated links

Winter Tourism Initiative
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Media Relations

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

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