The Federal government recently announced that nearly $12 million would go towards the Calgary Stampede, as a way to support new or enhanced tourism experiences that attract visitors and support quality jobs in southern Alberta.

"Minister for Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), Daniel Vandal announced a federal investment of more than $10.1 million to support a full-scale Stampede in delivering authentic western experiences, while representing Calgary’s unique community spirit, and attracting visitors from Canada and abroad to the region to experience Western hospitality." 

According to a press release, PrairiesCan is delivering $10 million through the Government of Canada’s Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative to help the 2022 Calgary Stampede bounce back stronger after a scaled-down 2021 event.

An additional $150,000 through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund will support adaptions to the BMO Centre and training for staff that enables the facility to exceed health and safety protocols.

"The total federal investment of $10.15 million through PrairiesCan will enable this year’s Stampede to reignite Alberta’s visitor economy, attract visitors to explore southern Alberta, and spur economic benefits for the region."

In addition, PrairiesCan is providing $1,832,500 through the Tourism Relief Fund to support four tourism projects in southern Alberta.

"This funding will help tourism organizations and attractions to create new experiences, or reimagine existing ones that draw visitors and position Alberta’s tourism economy for long-term growth."

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