April 28, 2022
Moose Jaw, SK – PrairiesCan has approved over $500,000 in funding for projects from three distinct organizations in Moose Jaw. Each of the organizations applied to PrairiesCan for available funding towards the following projects:
- Tourism Moose Jaw – $295,000 to modernize the heritage-based Moose Jaw Trolley tour, including the purchase of a new trolley and modifications to make it wheelchair accessible and fit for tours.
“After a difficult two years, Tourism Moose Jaw is thrilled with this funding opportunity to acquire a new, more environmentally friendly and accessible trolley that will benefit both Moose Javians and visitors to Canada’s Most Notorious City,” said Jacki L’Heureux-Mason, Executive Director of Tourism Moose Jaw. “The economic spinoff of having the trolley on our streets will continue to benefit local businesses, as we are able to introduce new tours and utilize this modern and efficient trolley more frequently. While maintaining the heritage style, the new trolley will ensure inclusive access to our historic and entertaining tours for locals and visitors alike, as well as leaving a smaller footprint on our environment. We will also be able to have a longer trolley season, as the new trolley will be equipped with heating and cooling to keep it more comfortable.”
- The Tunnels of Moose Jaw – $99,999.00 to complete leasehold improvements to their new guest experiences underneath the streets of downtown Moose Jaw.
“As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw applied for the PrairiesCan – Tourism Relief Fund Grant,” said Bobby Hill, General Manager of The Tunnels of Moose Jaw. “With the support of this grant, we were able to complete our newest 12,000 square foot renovation to the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. Bunker 24 provides our guests with a behind the scenes look into Canada’s involvement in the early days of the Cold War.”
- The City of Moose Jaw – $109,350 to pave and restore over 700 metres of pathway in Crescent Park. The project will include excavation, paving and restoration activities.
“It is a pleasure to be a part of this exciting announcement,” said Mayor Clive Tolley. “The Trolley Tour, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, and beautiful Crescent Park are all pillars of Moose Jaw’s tourism industry. Paving and restoring the pathways in Crescent Park, the purchase of the new trolley, and the addition of Bunker 24 to the Tunnels of Moose Jaw will provide a significant investment in Canada’s Most Notorious City – Moose Jaw! We are incredibly grateful for this strong support for our tourism industry.”
Federal funding for these initiatives was provided through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and Tourism Relief Fund, which are administered in Saskatchewan by PrairiesCan.
“Our government is making important investments in community attractions for the City of Moose Jaw through the Tourism Relief Fund and the Canada Community Revitalization Fund”, said the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan. “Our government is working together with communities to support tourism recovery and the revitalization of important recreational spaces so that visitors and residents of Moose Jaw can enjoy them for years to come.”
About the Canada Community Revitalization Fund
The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) helps communities rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund assists non-profit organizations, municipalities, community groups, and Indigenous communities across Canada to build and improve community infrastructure projects. The CCRF is a two-year, $500 million national infrastructure program to revitalize communities across Canada.
About the Tourism Relief Fund
The Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) helps tourism businesses and organizations adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. The TRF is a two-year, $500 million program that helps position Canada to be a destination of choice when domestic and international travel is once again safe.