Birds Hill Park, MB - Today Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs, announced joint federal-provincial funding for expanded and improved snowmobile trails. Sopuck was joined by Gord Mackintosh, the provincial Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship.
“Our government is pleased to support Snoman with a National Trails Coalition contribution of $183,040 as part of our efforts to expand and improve recreational and multi-purpose trails across the country,” said MP Sopuck. “By investing in trail infrastructure, our government is encouraging job creation, linking communities, and increasing recreational opportunities for Canadians. We are continuing to support economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live.”
Today’s project announcement of $366,080 is just one of many examples of supported projects that will positively impact Canadian communities. Manitoba trails will benefit from a number of measures designed to increase trail safety, including: trail clearing and widening, twinning in high traffic areas, and new signage. These projects will ensure access to Manitoba’s unique scenery while generating economic growth and creating jobs.
• Economic Action Plan 2014 announced $10 million to expand and improve multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling.
• Funding for national trails is through the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan, which our federal Government announced in Economic Action Plan 2013.
• The New Building Canada Plan is the largest long-term infrastructure plan in Canadian history, providing stable funding for a 10-year period.
“Snoman and its 52 clubs are pleased to partner with the federal and provincial governments in this investment in the trail system in Manitoba. We support the idea of healthy living through recreation, including a healthy environment. This support will enable us to promote community enhancement, family activity, ecologically friendly practices, economic sustainability, and the adoption of new and safer technologies.”
- Alan Butler, President of Snoman
“The NTC was founded in the belief that trail users and volunteer trail builders/managers can achieve much more working collaboratively and supporting each other’s goals. These additional funds will ensure the revitalization of recreational trails across our country and provide individuals and families with the opportunity to enjoy quality outdoor infrastructure and continue to live active and healthy lives.”
- Jo-Anne Farquhar, President of the National Trails Coalition Board of Directors