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Government of Canada Supports Enhancement of St. Lawrence River

August 21, 2014

RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 21, 2014) - Acting on behalf of 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 Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, today announced that Societe Duvetnor Ltd has been granted financial assistance for the tourism development of Ile aux Lievres, an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River near Riviere-du-Loup.

This support has been awarded in the form of a $316,326 repayable financial contribution through Canada Economic Development's Quebec Economic Development Program. Quick facts -- Societe Duvetnor is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of the St. Lawrence River whose mission is to ensure wildlife and habitat conservation in the St. Lawrence Estuary and to offer public awareness activities, among other things. Duvetnor also manages the tourism offering on several islands, including Ile aux Lievres. -- This government assistance will be used to add three rooms and two cottages to the island's tourist lodging supply. The organization will also be able to renovate existing reception facilities and common areas. -- This project will help increase tourism traffic on the island and preserve 24 existing jobs.


"This support we are granting for the enhancement of the St. Lawrence River and Ile aux Lievres shows that our government encourages projects that contribute to the diversification of Quebec's regional economies, in this case through tourism development."

Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Media Relations Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions 514-283-8818 Vincent Rabault Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions 514-496-1282 Source: Canada Economic Development

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