Pascale St Onge

Rafting Momentum will improve tourism experience

eAwaz Local News

Bryson SME receives $100,000 in financial assistance from CED.

Bryson – Supporting the tourism industry contributes to economic development in Quebec’s regions. That is why Rachel Bendayan, Member of Parliament for Outremont and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, and Sophie Chatel, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for CED, today announced a non-repayable contribution of $100,000 for Rafting Momentum to help it overcome the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This CED support, provided under the Tourism Relief Fund, aims to enhance Rafting Momentum’s tourism experience by adapting it to today’s reality and adopting eco-friendly practices.

The project involves constructing and fitting out a building that includes one-of-a-kind accommodations with rooms with glass ceilings, washrooms with showers, storage, cloakrooms, a common area, and an artesian well. The business will kickstart its operations by adapting its operations and thereby contribute to the recovery of the tourism sector, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Established in 2008, Rafting Momentum specializes in organizing rafting packages on the Ottawa River. It offers a range of all-inclusive packages with days of rafting, meals, and accommodations in cottages or cabins or at campsites. It also provides a number of packages in collaboration with local businesses.

A key contributor to the Canadian economy, the tourism sector has been hit hard by the health crisis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has put various measures in place to help businesses suffering the impacts of COVID-19. The Tourism Relief Fund was created specifically to help organizations and businesses in the tourism sector offer innovative products and services to visitors and prepare to welcome back international travellers.

“Tourism has been through an extremely difficult time over the past two years, and our government has been and continues to be here to support our sector. We will continue to assist this sector during this challenging period. The Tourism Relief Fund provides invaluable help to small and medium-sized tourism businesses, and we are proud to see so many entrepreneurs and workers here in Quebec and right across Canada benefit from it. The Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers.” – Rachel Bendayan, Member of Parliament for Outremont and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance