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Grant awarded to our partner in Alberta

September 10, 2019


Congratulations to CDÉA (Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta), which received $131,500 in funding from Western Economic Diversification (WD) to support the development of French-language and Indigenous tourism experiences in northern Alberta.

The investment comes from the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), which supports Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create, improve, or update tourism products, facilities, and experiences.

“It’s been a year since the Old School Cheesery of Vermilion became the first Économusée in Alberta,” said CDÉA executive director Étienne Alary. “Also a year ago, CDÉA entered into a cooperation agreement with Centre de la francophonie des Amériques to develop tourism routes and roads based on Alberta’s francophone heritage. Today with the help of the federal government, CDÉA can continue moving forward in developing tourism in the northeastern and northwestern parts of the province.”

CDÉA will be working closely with its ABMA members in the two regions. The northeastern communities will be St. Paul, Bonnyville, Plamondon and Lac La Biche, and the northwestern ones will be Donnelly, Falher, Girouxville, and Smoky River.

An information session will be held in the upcoming weeks in both regions to get the word out to potential partners about the objectives of the project and opportunities to take part.

Read the complete CDÉA press release (in French).

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