Government of Canada supports Chicopee through the Tourism Relief Fund

Media Release

January 19, 2023 – Kitchener, ON – In 2022, the Chicopee Ski Club received a non-repayable contribution of $100,000 from the Regional Tourism Organization 4 (RTO4) to complete  a greening initiative and enhance the tourism experience on its North Hill ski run by replacing the lighting with LED lighting.

This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). RTO4 received $5 million from FedDev Ontario to help local tourism organizations and businesses safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for future growth. 

The lighting improvements will replace aging infrastructure, including new poles and LED light fixtures, to provide more light with lower electricity usage and dimming controls. These changes provide a safer, improved experience for nighttime skiing and snowboarding. The improvement was completed in time for the 2022-2023 ski season.

 This investment will help the Chicopee Ski Club adapt and recover to attract new visitors and drive economic growth in Kitchener-Waterloo.



 “Tourism is a cornerstone in economies across southern Ontario. That is why our Government has invested $78 million through southern Ontario’s Regional Tourism Organizations and Indigenous Tourism Ontario to help tourism businesses meet their potential and contribute to growing local economies. Supporting these organizations will ensure that we have strong communities that welcome more and more visitors, now and into the future.”

-          The Honorable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario


“Our government knows that tourism is a key pillar of the vibrancy and economic health of our communities. For generations, Chicopee has been one of our region’s leading outdoor activity attractions for locals and tourists alike. The funds invested through the Tourism Relief Fund will ensure that Chicopee has the support it needs to secure the safer, greener and more reliable infrastructure required, and position the popular ski club to welcome back visitors today and for years to come.”

-          Valerie Bradford, Member of Parliament for Kitchener South–Hespeler


"The impact of this support provided by the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario and RT04 will help Chicopee improve its efficiency and help us provide a great recreational experience. This funding is a building block for the beginning of our plan to improve and expand Chicopee to be the best destination for family skiing and snowboarding in southwestern Ontario.”

-          Bill Creighton, CEO, Chicopee Ski Club

 “We are immensely grateful to the Government of Canada and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario for the ability to support local businesses and organizations in Waterloo, Wellington, Huron and Perth Counties, like the Chicopee Ski Club. Projects like this will make an impact on the road to recovery and reimagination by allowing stakeholders to make strategic investments in product and destination development.

-          Andrea Gardi, Executive Director RTO4

 Associated Links

·         Chicopee Ski Club

·         RTO4

·         FedDev Ontario

·         Tourism Relief Fund (TRF)



 Bill Creighton, CEO

The Chicopee Ski Club



Edward Hutchinson

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario


Andrea Gardi

Executive Director



About Chicopee Ski Club

 Since 1934, Chicopee has been creating unique, fun-filled experiences for skiers and snowboarders in the community. Chicopee has since expanded to provide summer activities for all ages. The Chicopee Ski Club is committed to providing year-round activities for the community. Come join us for our winter and summer recreational activities or one of our special events.


About RTO4

 Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc. was incorporated in October 2010 as part of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism’s request to build and support a competitive tourism industry in the region. RTO4 supports Wellington County, Waterloo Region, Perth and Huron County in developing and implementing the best destination management tactics to encompass the diverse interests of the area and grow the tourism economy.


About FedDev Ontario

 For 13 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.