Despite the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization of the Grand Prix cycliste de Québec et Montréal remains hopeful of being able to hold the 2021 edition in September, and has received a boost of $ 2.1 million from the federal.
For the president of the event, Sébastien Arsenault, “it is essential to hope”. Last year, the event had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
The organization has its eyes on the months to come. “The advantage we can have is that the events are held in September. We are at the end of January. There is still a lot of time left. Maybe we’ll have some good news. […] I am optimistic that with all that is happening at the moment, in a few quarters, we will be well positioned. ”
However, there is still a long way to go before confirming the outfit. The borders will first have to be reopened and mandatory quarantine will have to be a thing of the past, said Mr. Arsenault. “Cycling teams could hardly do several days in a fortnight.”
For now, the federal government has offered financial support to the organization with a $ 2.1 million grant through Canada Economic Development. The announcement was made Tuesday morning.
The federal government has also granted funds to three other organizations working in the tourism sector. The German Christmas Market received $ 170,000 which is used for the purchase and production of artistic and multimedia material that was used this year during the modified version of the Market. The 2020 edition was indeed exclusively contemplative, because of the sanitary measures. But for Olivia Lexhaller, general manager of the German Community of Quebec, this equipment will be used to brighten up the next editions of the Market.
The Appalaches Sports Club received $ 80,785 for the purchase of new grooming equipment for the mechanical maintenance of the club’s cross-country ski trails.
Finally, the Quebec City-based Vaolo company received the sum of $ 500,000 through the Regional Assistance and Recovery Fund (FARR) to maintain its activities. Vaolo specializes in travel and through its online platform, it promotes travel off the beaten track.