Patricia Lattanzio

Investing in recovery of Quebec’s agri‑tourism sector

eAwaz Local News

The Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec (AATGQ) receives nearly $150,000 from CED to develop its tourism offer in the agri‑tourism and food tourism sector.

Oka – A key driver of the economy, the Canadian tourism industry generated over $100 billion in annual revenues before being decimated by the pandemic. Today, the Government of Canada is ensuring that tourism once again thrives and reaches its full potential.

Patricia Lattanzio, Member of Parliament for Saint‑Léonard–Saint‑Michel, on behalf of the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for CED, today announced a $149,596 non‑repayable contribution for the Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec.

This non-profit organization, which is also a recognized sectoral tourism association, is made up of some 220 member businesses—producers, artisan processors, restaurant owners and innkeepers—that operate in the agri‑tourism and food tourism sector, providing 400 services and activities throughout the various regions of Quebec. CED’s support will allow the Association de l’Agrotourisme et du Tourisme Gourmand du Québec to offer customized support to its members so that they can adapt their services to the current context by positioning themselves to promote green, sustainable tourism.

The Government of Canada recognizes and supports businesses and organizations that are a source of pride in their communities. Quebec’s economic recovery relies on a strong tourism industry made up of organizations with deep roots in the regional economy. The players in this sector are major contributors to growth, as well as key assets in rebuilding a stronger, more resilient, greener and more just economy for all.

“The tourism industry is a forum to showcase Canada’s culture and diversity to visitors from all around the world. Our government continues to be there for tourism businesses and organizations to ensure their recovery. Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to support them, something that particularly pleases my colleague Pascale St‑Onge, Minister responsible for CED. With this support, the Association de l’agrotourisme et du tourisme gourmand du Québec will be able to look to the future by providing its members with tangible, customized support.” – Patricia Lattanzio, Member of Parliament for Saint‑Léonard–Saint‑Michel