FedDev Ontario supports tourism projects in Kingston, Frontenac, Lanark, Lennox and Addington

Left to Right: Michelle Clarabut, Programs and Communications Manager, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston; Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament For Kingston and the Islands; Chris West, Chairman, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston; The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); Kelly Pope-Wiley, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston; and Doug Cowie, Museum Manager, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. Photo via FedDev Ontario.

Today, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a total investment of over $9.8 million for 37 projects in Kingston, Frontenac, Lanark, and Lennox and Addington that will support community infrastructure enhancements, tourism recovery, and economic development in the region.

According to a release from the federal government, Kingston and the surrounding regions attract millions of visitors each year to enjoy the area’s historic main streets, museums, shops, restaurants, and the natural beauty of the waterfront. These investments, through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), will “create and revitalize” community spaces and “enhance tourism attractions” to welcome more visitors and build stronger, more vibrant communities that will lead to job creation and a growing economy that works for everyone, the government noted.

“Tourism and modern recreational spaces are important for building strong local economies and communities in Kingston and surrounding regions,” said Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. “With this support, the tourism sector and communities in Kingston, Frontenac, Lanark, and Lennox and Addington are rebuilding from the [COVID-19] pandemic and looking forward to a strong future.”

The announcement was hosted by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, which received a non-repayable investment of more than $300,000, through the Tourism Relief Fund, to renovate the historical building at the Kingston Dry Dock national historic site. According to the release, the project includes restoring the Museum’s heritage architecture, including exhibit galleries, windows and doors, to improve energy efficiency and attract visitors to the museum.

“This funding marks a very exciting moment at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes,” said Chris West, Chair of the Board for the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. “We are on a mission to restore the Kingston Dry Dock national historic site, an outstanding example of 19th century maritime heritage along Kingston’s downtown waterfront. Central to our mission, this restoration will further our ability to provide a unique community space for events, programs, and exhibits that connect visitors to the stories of the Great Lakes and Kingston.”

The 37 community infrastructure and tourism projects receiving support to recover from the pandemic, safely welcome back visitors, and strengthen communities, are as follows:

Recipient NameProjectFunding contributionFund
Friends of Bon Echo ParkDevelop an online app and new programming for Bon Echo Provincial Park.$400,000TRF
Georgian Spirit CruisesExpand outdoor passenger space, install heating and air conditioning, and create accessible entry.$43,688TRF
Kingston Accommodation PartnersDevelop Kingston tourism packages combining accommodations with tours, restaurant offers, anchor attractions, and other Kingston and area activities.$91,667TRF
Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic SitesCreate play-based onsite and digital experiences for visitors.$172,989TRF
Kingston Canadian Film FestivalExpand and improve Kingston Canadian Film Festival.$70,000TRF
MacKinnon Brothers BrewingEnhance outdoor seating area with shade and shelter and improve outdoor concert venue.$100,000TRF
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at KingstonRestore and renovate the marine museum.$304,000TRF
Snug Harbour ResortEnhance resort amenities including updated deck and interior space improvements within the cottage.$60,000TRF
Stock & Row Farm CideryModernize 150-year-old hop house with upgraded infrastructure, features, and amenities.$75,000TRF
The Smiths Falls Heritage House MuseumEnhance marketing products to attract visitors.$65,323TRF
Tourism KingstonCreate new culinary, Indigenous, cycling, and arts and culture tourism experiences.$308,500TRF
Wolfe Island CommonsInstall covered waterfront amphitheatre, gardens with seating and a large outdoor fire pit with seating.$97,158TRF
Althorpe Bolingbroke Community (ABC) ClubImprove the safety and accessibility of the ABC Hall.$17,250CCRF
Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area Inc.Replace old HVAC equipment at the West End Community Centre with new energy efficient models. $750,000CCRF
Central Frontenac Housing CorporationCreate a sidewalk/ramp, installation of accessible door buttons, improved landscaping and bench relocation.$30,000CCRF
Corporation of Loyalist TownshipUndertake improvements and increase the accessibility of four community spaces in the township.$441,832CCRF
Corporation of the City of KingstonImprove the Bath House, a historic limestone building which serves as a washroom and changing facility at Richardson Beach in Macdonald Memorial Park.$500,000CCRF
Corporation of the City of KingstonImprove a one-kilometre stretch of waterfront pathway from Crawford Wharf to Battery Park.$455,021CCRF
Corporation of the Municipality of Mississippi MillsRevitalization of the Almonte Downtown Core, Phase 1.$750,000CCRF
Corporation of Tay Valley TownshipRenovate and expand the Maberly Outdoor Sports Facility.$79,500CCRF
Corporation of the Town of Carleton PlaceRevitalize downtown core by replacing sidewalks and pedestrian crossovers.$454,455CCRF
Corporation of the Town of Carleton PlacePurchase and install an accessible play structure, exercise equipment, and shaded benches.$80,171CCRF
Corporation of the Town of PerthConstruct a riverside pathway and install an Indigenous healing garden.$58,050CCRF
Corporation of the Town of Smiths FallsConnect library and Town Hall campus with a green space that incorporates performance space, leisure space and farmers market structures.$750,000CCRF
Corporation of the Town of Smiths FallsRejuvenate and improve access to the Town of Smiths Falls commercial downtown core.$750,000CCRF
Corporation of the Township of Addington HighlandsEnhance a multi-use community space located in Denbigh by installing new energy efficient HVAC and building systems that will reduce greenhouse gases and improve energy consumption and air quality.$450,000CCRF
Corporation of the Township of BeckwithRehabilitate existing trail system to allow for skating, cross country ski and snowshoe trails.$125,000CCRF
Corporation of the Township of Drummond/North ElmsleyRenovate and repair the Ferguson’s Falls Community Hall.$750,000CCRF
Corporation of the Township of South FrontenacRestore and expand the Storrington Community Centre.$422,309CCRF
Corporation of the Township of Stone MillsCreate a multi-use skatepark.$115,000CCRF
Extend-A-Family (Kingston)Expand the community sensory garden to include a hydroponic and accessible greenhouse.$35,000CCRF
Kingston Canadian Film FestivalRenovate and rehabilitate a heritage building into a new film/music-centric arts hub.$90,000CCRF
Mills Community Support CorporationCollaborate with Indigenous and faith communities to create the 7 Grandfathers garden and create trail systems and activities.$87,047CCRF
Plenty CanadaInstall a new heating system, construct a rainwater harvesting system and complete major landscaping.$551,301CCRF
Southern Frontenac Community Services CorporationEnhance a multi-use community space located in Sydenham by adding accessible washrooms, automatic doors, ramps, and elevator, as well as more accessible parking.$250,000CCRF
Sydenham Street United ChurchImprove the amenities of a community space by upgrading two kitchen areas and adjoining event spaces by installing energy-efficient equipment for use by current and future community groups.$34,013CCRF
Township of MontagueConstruct playground fencing at the Rosedale Community Centre and other measures to increase safety of the playground and the community centre. $54,255CCRF

Earlier this month, five women-led businesses in the Kingston area were recognized with grants from the Tourism Relief Fund. The grants were part of an investment of over $2.7 million spread across 14 women-led tourism businesses in Ontario.

“Support for tourism operators and communities allows them to bring back visitors, enhance public spaces, share knowledge and experiences, and prepare for a strong future,” Minister Tassi said. “Through programs like the Tourism Relief Fund and Canada Community Revitalization Fund, our government is making smart investments that put people first and grow local economies that work for everyone.”

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