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Feds provide $12.2M for 33 tourism, infrastructure projects in Peterborough, Kawarthas, Northumberland

Tourism and infrastructure sectors in central Ontario received a financial boost on Tuesday with more than $12M allocated for 33 projects.

The announcement was made at the Canadian Canoe Museum on Monaghan Road in Peterborough — which itself is receiving $750,000 under the Tourism Relief Fund to outfit a 20,000 square-foot exhibition hall for the museum’s future location on the waterfront of Little Lake.

Open in 1997, the museum boasts the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. The collection is so large, there is not enough space at the current site (a former factory).

The new $40M museum is scheduled to open in the summer of 2023.

“The Canadian Canoe Museum is honoured to be the recipient of this significant investment that will help create a new cultural and tourism destination on the Peterborough waterfront,” said museum executive director Carolyn Hyslop.

“This funding will contribute to the development of a brand-new suite of professionally designed exhibits that will be featured in our new museum’s 20,000 square foot exhibition hall. These exhibits will attract visitors from near and far to explore the canoe’s significance to Canada through diverse themes, perspectives and voices.”

The $12.2M — allocated to projects in Peterborough, Peterborough County, Northumberland County and City of Kawartha Lakes — was announced by Helena Jaczek, minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) with funding allocated through the Tourism Relief Fund, Canada Community Revitalization Fund(CCRF)and Community Economic Development and Diversification(CEDD)stream.

Other projects receiving more than $200,000 include:

A full list of recipients can be found here.

“Our government is committed to continuing to make important investments in community economic development projects that benefit local economies,” said Jaczek.

“Today’s investments will help communities in Peterborough, Northumberland County and Kawartha Lakes strengthen their public infrastructure and enhance their tourist attractions, while also driving resilient economic growth for the region and protecting jobs.”

Kawartha Ethanol general manager Steven ten Doeschate says they appreciate FedDev Ontario’s support as the company pivots its production to include health and manufacturing ingredients. In January the province of Ontario provided $2.5M to help the Havelock-area company expand.

“This support has assisted us in developing new innovations to retool and adopt technological changes to produce supplies for the health care and other sectors through the production of a variety of high grade industrial distilled alcohol product outputs that are in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support growing demands for products previously sourced in foreign markets,” he said.

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