Saskatchewan Tourism Projects to Receive $3.7M in Federal Government Funding

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The federal Minister of Tourism funds various tourism projects to attract more visitors to Saskatchewan.

“Today, our government, through Prairies Canada, is investing more than $3.7 million in 19 different tourism projects across Saskatchewan,” Tourism Minister Randy Boissonault told Wanuskewin Heritage on Monday. Park.

Funding of $3,755,465 comes from the Tourism Relief Fund, which was launched in 2021.

It was designed to help tourism organizations adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and offer new or improved services that help the tourism sector grow.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park will receive $495,000 to improve its programming and improve the tourist experience through training and new technologies.

“We always look to our mission which is to elevate understanding and appreciation of Plains Indigenous cultures and peoples,” said Darlene Brander, CEO of Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

“With the announcement and the funding, we are able to put some money into it.”

One thing Brander is excited to see is the crop of young people who have joined us to improve the visitor experience.

“It was amazing to see young talent come in and really grow and grow and become the people their moshoms and kokoms imagined,” she said.

For Boissonault, a strong tourism sector in Saskatchewan will only help the Canadian economy as a whole.

“We have to stop saying: tourism is what happens when Canadians leave and travel somewhere else, and really see it as what happens when they bring everyone here,” he said. declared. “Because when someone comes to spend money in Saskatoon, it’s found money.”

Other Saskatoon organizations receiving federal funding include Remai Modern ($500,000) and the Meewasin Valley Authority ($230,900).

“We are grateful for this crucial support from PrairiesCan,” said Aileen Burns, Co-Executive Director and CEO of Remai Modern. “These funds will allow us to make key improvements to the visitor experience at the museum, including better on-site and online accessibility and strengthen our popular ‘Ask Me’ program.”

With the funds, the Meewasin Valley Authority announced plans to develop, pilot and roll out a series of experiential and sustainable tourism offerings centered on the Meewasin Valley.

“Meewasin has done significant work to develop a series of tourism offerings that showcase conservation activities and support the sustainable tourism environment in the Saskatoon area,” said CEO Andrea Lafond.

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