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Province provides funding to snowmobile federation to boost its app

Improvements to Go Snowmobiling Ontario app will include enhanced trail features, social-media integration and a check-in function

BARRIE — Snowmobiling is more than a uniquely Canadian way to enjoy winter. It is an important contributor to Ontario’s economy, generating up to $3.3 billion in economic activity every year.

To improve the snowmobiling experience, Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie—Innisfil, today announced that the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) will receive up to $18,800 for enhancements to the Go Snowmobiling Ontario app.

Improvements to the app, which will be available for the coming season, include enhanced trail features, social media integration, check-in functionality, and a ratings tool.

“Our government is helping move Ontario into the 21st century, by increasing access to services online, improving broadband internet connections, and strategic investments like today’s,” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie—Innisfil. “Through the enhancement to the OFSC’s app, thousands of Ontario’s snowmobilers will be able to better enjoy their sport and the great outdoors of Ontario. This investment will pay dividends for snowmobile users, and the small businesses that rely on snowmobilers as customers throughout the winter.”

MPP Khanjin announced the grant on behalf of the Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. OFSC successfully applied for cost-shared funding under the Rural Economic Development Program, which is designed to create strong rural communities in Ontario.

“Supporting local jobs and removing barriers to investment and economic growth in rural communities is more important than ever,” said Minister Hardeman. “As the economy reopens, our investments in the Rural Economic Development program will have a very real impact for communities across rural Ontario.”

“The OFSC is pleased to partner once again with the Government of Ontario to enhance the snowmobiling riding experience,” said Stakeholder Relations Director Andrew Walasek. “Many of these new app features are the direct result of feedback from snowmobilers across the province and will provide new opportunities to share experiences out on the trails. With these enhancements, small business owners will have new opportunities to display their information and continue to contribute to the significant economic impact snowmobiling has on Ontario’s winter economy.”