The Government of Canada supports Distillerie du Square’s agritourism offer

chelsea-an agritourism company receives $100,000 in financial assistance from CED.

CHELSEA, QC, April 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Supporting the tourism industry contributes to the economic development of of Quebec Regions. This is why the member for Pontiac, Sophie Chatelon behalf of the Honorable Pascale St‑Onge, MNA for Brome–Missisquoi, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED, is announcing today a non-repayable contribution of $100,000 of DEC for the company.

This assistance, provided under the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, will contribute to the development of a tourist destination based on environmentally friendly practices, enabling the community to chelsea take advantage of post-pandemic market opportunities.

More specifically, CED’s support will enable the Distillerie du Square to acquire layouts and other equipment for the tasting room and the interpretation center, and will lead to the creation of 22 jobs.

La Distillerie du Square is an agritourism start-up that is part of a larger tourism and commercial development project called Square Old Chelsea. Located on from Chelsea main street, the business will offer visitors the opportunity to taste the spirits produced on site. There will also be an interpretation center recounting the history of the spirits industry in Canada and the effervescent microbrewery industry Quebecas well as historical anecdotes about the village of Old Chelsea.

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 implemented various measures to help businesses suffering the impacts of COVID-19. Launched in July 2021the TRF was created specifically to help organizations and businesses in the tourism sector to offer innovative products and services to visitors and prepare for the return of international travellers.


“Today’s announcement is another example of our government’s commitment to investing in the tourism industry during these challenging times. The financial contribution granted to the Distillerie du Square is excellent news for chelsea and the power of attraction of the Outaouais region. Through our investments in the industry, we ensure that we are ready to welcome tourists from home and around the world. »

The Honorable Pascale St-Onge, MNA for Brome–Missisquoi, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED

“I am delighted that in these crucial times, the government of Canada supports businesses and organizations in the tourism industry in chelsea. We must seize this opportunity to rethink the industry’s products, services and processes. Quebecers will have the chance to test these new ideas and, who knows, to become ambassadors of our region with the return of national and international tourism!”

Sophie Chateldeputy of Pontiac

“Tourism is one of the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. We will continue to support this sector during this difficult time. We will also continue to focus on safety and ensure businesses get the help they need to quickly get back on their feet and thrive. The Tourism Relief Fund will help businesses adapt, make improvements and be ready to welcome customers back. It is also part of a broader strategy to help the sector weather the pandemic, recover and ultimately grow. The Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers. »

The Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

“DEC’s investment in our company is a sign of confidence for us in our ability to continue to develop projects that will make the village of Old Chelsea even more attractive. Our dearest wish is to make the Distillerie du Square, whose products will draw inspiration from the superb natural environment in which it is located – a source of pride for the residents of chelsea and the Outaouais region as a whole.

Manuela TeixeiraCEO, Distillerie du Square/Square Old Chelsea

Fast facts

  • With a national budget of $500 millionincluding $485 million administered by regional development agencies (RDAs) and $15 million by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), TRF is part of the $1 billion in tourism support announced in Budget 2021.

  • A minimum of $50 million of the Fund’s national budget was allocated to indigenous tourism projects. Indigenous communities that rely heavily on tourism have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

  • A total of $118.7 million TRF has been allocated to CED to be administered in Quebec.

  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, the tourism and hospitality sector has so far received an estimate $23 billion under federal emergency aid programs.

  • SMEs account for 99.7% of Quebec businesses and contribute 50% of the province’s GDP.

  • CED is a key federal partner in of Quebec regional economic development. With its 12 regional business offices, CED supports businesses, support organizations and all regions of the world Quebec in tomorrow’s economy.

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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions


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