The Canadian government is providing nearly $12 million in funding to support the full-scale return of a Calgary Stampede this year.
Canadian Minister for Economic Development of the Plains, Daniel Vandal, announced Thursday that more than $10.1 million will support this year’s Calgary Stampede to provide “authentic Western experiences” and represent Calgary’s “unique community spirit.” .
Funding comes from the federal government’s Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative and the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, according to a press release, to attract visitors and generate economic benefits for the region.
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“Our investment will support adjustments and improvements that will allow for the return of an event at full scale next week,” Vandal said during a news conference on Thursday.
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“Everyone who experienced the Stampede this year will be coming back and telling their friends and family how amazing this event is.”
The Canadian government will also provide an additional $1.8 million through the Tourism Relief Fund to support four tourism projects in southern Alberta. The money will help tourism organizations and attractions attract visitors to the province, Vandal said.
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Funds will be allocated to Chinook Blast, Calgary’s Heritage Park, Cochrane Tourism, Tourism Calgary and Charm Resorts in Crowsnest Pass to enhance their tourism efforts.
“Investments like this will help revitalize our visitor economy by attracting more visitors, enabling continued growth and enhancing economic opportunity creation in this province,” said Vandal.
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