A $10-million cash infusion for recreational trails in Canada

by Kirsten Armleder

A snowmobiler coming down a snowmobile trail.
A portion of the $10 million will go towards improving Canada's snowmobile trail infrastructure. photo courtesy Cora Tschetters

Snowmobiling in Canada is great, but it’s about to get even better. The Canadian federal government made the announcement on June 26, 2014, that a sum of $10 million has been set aside for the National Recreational Trails Program.

The program, which will be managed by the National Trails Coalition (NTC), is for expanding and rehabilitating Canada’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail systems. This means a portion of the $10 million will be available for improving the infrastructure of the country’s snowmobile trails.

It also means the federal government’s partnership with the NTC—which was formed in 2007 by the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations, the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council and the Canadian Trails Federation—has been renewed.

“Our government is pleased to renew its partnership with the National Trails Coalition and to announce the availability of $10 million for projects to expand and improve recreational multi-purpose trails,” said Denis Lebel, minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Region of Quebec, in a government press release.

The funding will be available between 2014 and 2016, and local trail organizations are invited to submit project proposals directly to the NTC. The NTC expects between 150 and 200 projects across Canada will be supported. 

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