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Winter Tourism Initiative - Trail Maintenance Support

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

The Winter Tourism Initiative aims to promote the use of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and quad sites by tourists from Quebec and elsewhere. This initiative has a budget of $10 million.


Open to all regions of Quebec.

Eligible clients

  • Cross-country ski clubs
  • Cross-country ski trail non-profit organization (NPO) proponents
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous communities
  • Tourism businesses
  • Snowmobile clubs
  • Quad clubs

The client must demonstrate it is the owner, manager or representative of the trails it maintains.

Non-eligible clients

  • Crown Corporations
  • Provincial and federal organizations

Analysis criteria

Mandatory criteria

Cross-country skiing

The client must demonstrate the cross-country ski trails draw tourists or host provincial, national or international sporting events.

Snowmobiling  : 

The client must maintain a minimum of 80 km of trails (exceptions may be allowed). The client must also include maintenance of Trans-Québec and trans-regional trails.

Quad trails  : 

The client must maintain a minimum of 150 km of trails (exceptions may be allowed). The client must include maintenance of regional or provincial structural trails.

Other criteria

  • The client must demonstrate the need for funding (i.e., the financial contribution from the initiative is essential to carry out the project).
  • Applications are analyzed on an ongoing basis as far as budget allows.
  • The client must submit their request no later than March 1, 2021.
  • The client must order the equipment no later than March 31, 2021.
  • Projects will be chosen based on merit, including:
    • the potential to attract or retain tourists,
    • contribution to the development of the targeted communities through economic spin-offs,
    • support from the community and the federation concerned (snowmobile, quad),
    • participation of other financial partners.
  • A project must meet all of the above criteria to receive financial assistance.
  • Financial assistance could be granted on a priority basis to:
    • organizations that did not receive CED assistance in a previous initiative;
    • projects that demonstrate an improvement in the environmental performance of trail maintenance operations.

Activities that can be supported

Purchase of equipment (groomers, crawlers, accessories) for mechanical trail maintenance; maximum of one groomer and one project per client.

Financial assistance

Types of assistance

  • Non-repayable contribution
  • Repayable contribution for profit-driven projects

Rates of assistance

  • Maximum assistance rate of 60% for projects in the 71 RCMs with slow economic growth
  • Maximum assistance rate of 50% in other RCMs


  • Maximum contribution per project: $500,000
  • Minimum contribution from the client: 10%

Submitting a project

Important: Before submitting your snowmobiling or quad project, you must consult the Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ) or the Fédération québécoise des clubs quad to validate your need and obtain any other information required to analyze your project.

Consult the project submission guide to find out how to submit a project and apply for financial assistance.

To find out whether this type of project is targeted in your region, contact an advisor from your business office. The advisor will be able to inform and advise you or guide you in delivering your project, while considering the action priorities in your region and the availability of CED funding.

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