OTTAWA ? A federal investment of more than a half million dollars towards improvements to six local recreational trails will create jobs and boost participation in outdoor recreation, the Honourable Jay Hill, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, announced today.

?As part of Canada?s Economic Action Plan, we are boosting local economies by creating jobs, getting shovels in the ground, and enhancing trails for outdoors enthusiasts,? said Hill. ?Once again, we are working with the province and local governments, as well as the National Trails Coalition, to get Canadians working while revitalizing recreational trails throughout the region.?

Six local projects will benefit from a total of $568,344 through the Government of Canada?s $25-million investment in recreational trails. The federal contribution will be matched by the National Trails Coalition and their provincial, territorial, municipal or private funding partners.

Recipients in Prince George-Peace River include:

BC Off-Road Motorcycle Association, Taylor-area Trails, $20,610

Prince George Snowmobile Club, Trail Signage Improvements, $8,635

Prince George Snowmobile Club, Trail Improvements, $154,849

Fort Nelson Snowmobile Club, Trail Improvements, $50,250

Northern Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club, Fort St. John Snowmobile Trails, $114,000

Paradise Valley Snowmobile Club, Dawson Creek Snowmobile Trails, $220,000

Applications for this funding were received between May 26, 2009 and June 26, 2009. With the intake for this funding now complete and projects approved, this first payment to the National Trails Coalition is allowing work to begin right away on over 450 projects.

In June 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was awarded the highest honour granted by the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) for delivering on his commitment to expand Canada?s network of national trails through the Economic Action Plan.

To learn more about Canada?s Economic Action Plan, visit For more information on the Government of Canada?s investments in infrastructure, visit