The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of Canada Economic Development, and the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages announced that Canada Economic Development will invest $15 million in the modernization of Jean Lesage International Airport in view of the celebrations scheduled for 2008 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec.
The $65.8 million plan to modernize the city of Québec’s airport terminal will mean safer and more up-to-date facilities and better services for air travellers and carriers. This project is expected to generate major economic spin-offs for the region of Québec.
“The project announced today will help strengthen the Québec airport’s position as a major player in the economic and tourism development of the Greater Québec region. The Government of Canada’s investment in this initiative will have a positive impact on the region’s economy. This modernization will ensure business people and tourists have greater access to the region and will help bolster Québec’s competitive standing as one of North America’s prime tourist destinations,” noted Minister Blackburn.
“Jean Lesage International Airport will be a major gateway for visitors and dignitaries coming in to Québec in 2008 to take part in the city’s 400th anniversary celebrations. This unique and prestigious event will serve as an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the city of Québec, the province and the country. For thousands of visitors, the airport will be the first and last point of contact they have with the city, and this modernization project will ensure that they are left with a positive impression of all we have to offer. It is up to us to make it a great success,” added Minister Verner.
Canada Economic Development’s mandate is to promote the economic development of the regions of Quebec. Primarily through financial assistance programs, the Agency elicits and supports the implementation of economic development projects.