Ont. to fund Niagara agri-tour project

Ontario’s provincial government will provide start-up cash to launch an agricultural co-operative and seasonal tours through the Niagara region.

The project, to be co-ordinated by Club 2000 Niagara, is meant to help make the region “a centre for agricultural tourism in southern Ontario,” the province said in a release Thursday.

The province’s investment totals $128,480, to flow through its Rural Economic Development Program, which is aimed at supporting community-based projects in health care, downtown and community revitalization, and skills training.

Based in Welland and founded with federal funding in 1999, Club 2000 Niagara is meant to provide community economic and cultural development opportunities to the Niagara region’s francophone population.

The organization’s planned four seasonal tours will combine
attractions, events and activities to “highlight the vitality of rural
communities in the Niagara region,” the province said.

The francophone market of the region will be featured on the tours,
“capitalizing on the talent, knowledge and skills of the area’s francophone
community,” the province added.

“I would like to congratulate Club 2000 Niagara and its partners on the
initiative to make Niagara an agri-tourist destination of choice in Ontario,” Ag Minister Leona Dombrowsky said in the province’s release.

“With this funding, our vision of highlighting the vitality of rural
communities in Niagara is on its way to becoming a reality,” Club 2000
Niagara president Anne Guillemette said in the same release.

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