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Spa Franklin receives $100k CED grant

Spa Franklin will receive an injection of $100,000 from the Tourism Relief Fund managed by Canada Economic Development (CED), as a non-repayable contribution by the federal government to help the business overcome the economic impacts of the pandemic.

The funding will help to cover the expenses associated with the recently announced expansion project to build three mini cottages for tourist accommodations at the site in Franklin. The financial support will also be used to help the spa to adopt ecofriendly practices in its operations.

“We thank CED for this financial assistance, which will help shine a spotlight on the HautSaintLaurent region,” says Spa Franklin co-owner, Arielle Benny.

“As accommodations are almost nonexistent in the sector, this project will undoubtedly become an attraction for visitors and tourists,” she adds, noting the potential for visitors to extend their stay in the area will lead to additional spin-offs for neighbouring businesses.

“Our government continues to be here for businesses and organizations in the tourism sector,” says Pascale St-Onge, the minister of sport and minister responsible for CED. The financial assistance, which was announced by press release on October 18, will allow Spa Franklin to “better prepare for the future and offer new accommodations in the MRC du HautSaintLaurent,” adds St-Onge. (SR)

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