Jacques Chouinard is president of the Les amis du Mont-Édouard campaign.
Les Amis du Mont-Édouard does not simply collect donations. They invite people to invest in the ski resort.
They can transfer part of their RRSP to buy community bonds, in a fund guaranteed by Desjardins, explains Jacques Chouinard.
Jacques Chouinard says his team met the minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, Andrée Laforest, Thursday morning, to confirm its support. All members left the meeting feeling confident.
First Minister Laforest, I will tell you, she is aware of what is happening. She knew where his file was, and we didn't have to talk long before she briefed us on certain cases, he began.
It’s obvious that we can’t ask him to go and spank the civil servants directly to give us a grant. But the fact remains that she supports our case, that she is aware, we felt it, she gave us tips, continued the retiree.
To ensure its sustainability, Mont-Édouard needs a minimum amount of $6 million, in particular to repair the ski lifts, further develop the off-road sector and increase the supply of shelters.
A project to this effect has also been submitted as part of the Financial Assistance Program for Recreational, Sports and Outdoor Infrastructure (PAFIRSPA), in order to obtain funding. If the latter is selected by Quebec, Mont-Édouard could receive up to 200,000 dollars.
Jacques Chouinard says that of the $6 million, $3.5 million will come from government grants, and the remaining $2.5 million will be provided by the fundraising campaign.
Accumulating two million dollars in debt, Mont-Édouard placed itself under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act in July. By negotiating with his creditors, in October he managed to cancel $1,250,000 of his debts.
With Mélanie Patry
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