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Winter Tourism Initiative - Trail Maintenance Support

The initiative to promote winter tourism, in force from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020, supports the acquisition of snowmobile and cross-country ski trail maintenance equipment.

The aim of this initiative, which has a budget of $10M, is to increase the regional benefits generated by tourists from outside Quebec.

Eligibility

Open to all regions of Quebec

Eligible clients

  • Snowmobile clubs
  • Cross-country ski clubs
  • Cross-country ski trail NPO proponents
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous communities
  • Tourism operators

Main analysis criteria

Project analyses are based on specific criteria, including:

Snowmobile trail projects

  • the maintenance of at least 80 km of trails by the club Footnote *
  • the potential to attract and/or retain tourists from outside Quebec
  • demonstration of the need for funding for the proposed activity (i.e., the proposed activity could not be carried out without a financial contribution from the initiative)
  • the economic benefits of the project
  • partner contributions in financial resources

Cross-country ski trail projects

  • the potential to attract tourists from outside Quebec and/or that they have the potential to attract national or international sporting events
  • demonstration of the need for funding for the proposed activity (i.e., the proposed activity could not be carried out without a financial contribution from the initiative)
  • the economic benefits of the project
  • partner contributions in financial resources

Activities that can be supported

Purchase of equipment (snow groomers, snow cats, etc.) for mechanical trail maintenance; maximum of one snow groomer, and one project, per proponent.

Financial assistance

Types of assistance

  • Non repayable contribution
  • Repayable contribution for profit-driven projects

Rate of assistance

  • Maximum assistance rate of 60% for projects in the 71 devitalized RCMs.
  • Maximum assistance rate of 50% for projects outside the 71 RCMs.

Submitting a project

Consult the project submission guide to find out how to submit a project and apply for financial assistance.

To find out whether this type of project is targeted in your region, contact an advisor from your regional business office. The advisor will be able to inform and advise you or guide you in delivering your project, while considering the action priorities in your region and the availability of CED funding.

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