MP highlights $10-million National Recreational Trails Program

National Trails Coalition has $10 million available between 2014 and 2016 to help expand the trail system

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo last week highlighted the launch of the National Recreational Trails Program.

“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 and multi-purpose trails,” said McLeod. “By investing in trail infrastructure, the Government of Canada is encouraging job creation, linking communities and increasing recreational opportunities for Canadians.”

Canada has a vast network of recreational trails which allow Canadians to experience the outdoors and appreciate this country’s natural beauty. 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.

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 over the next 45 days. The Coalition is responsible for selecting and approving projects.

Economic Action Plan 2014 announced funding of $10 million over two fiscal years, 2014-15 and 2015-16, to expand and improve snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, off-road motorcycle and non-motorized recreational trails across the country through an agreement between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition.

This funding will help build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling.

Local trail organizations across Canada can now submit project proposals directly to the National Trails Coalition.

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