Feds pony up $10 million for recreational trails

The federal government is investing $10 million in recreational trails, MP David Wilks announced Thursday, July 3.

“Thanks to a partnership between the government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition, $10 million will be available between 2014 and 2016 to help expand and rehabilitate Canada’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail system,” the MP for Kootenay Columbia said in a joint statement with Denis Lebel, minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs.

“Now that the National Recreational Trails Program is ‘open for business,’ local trail organizations across Canada are invited to submit project proposals directly to the National Trails Coalition (NTC) over the next 45 days. The Coalition is responsible for selecting and approving projects.”

Between 150 and 200 projects are expected to be supported across Canada.

The NTC is made up of the following non-profit organizations and their provincial/territorial affiliates: Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations; the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council; and the Canadian Trails Federation. Organizations can access information, applications and guidelines for project proposal submissions at: www.ntc-canada.ca.

To view trail projects previously funded by the Government of Canada under Economic Action Plan 2009, visit: http://www.ntc-canada.ca/news.php.