The Ville de Mont-Tremblant is expanding its initiative to stimulate economic activity by this time emphasizing the tourist and Resort aspect, focusing on the pedestrian village located at the base of the Tremblant Resort slopes. The Ville says it wants to support the businesspeople in their relaunch efforts and provide a reassuring, warm, high-quality experience to visitors. Temporary terraces, protective measures, a subsidy program and relaxation of bylaws are among the measures being taken.
With the assistance program announced for the Village and Downtown hub businesses, which have resulted in the installation of some 20 on-street terraces, the budgetary envelope dedicated to various assistance measures to local businesspeople now amounts to more than $150,000.
“The pandemic has dealt a hard blow to the tourist industry and the Resort has not escaped unscathed. The containment measures imposed require a solution on a par with the one provided to the Village and Downtown sectors. By allowing the businesses to enlarge their terraces, we hope to provide them with a breath of fresh air that will permit them to make their dining rooms profitable. The rollout of temporary terraces throughout the pedestrian village will also contribute to the sector’s ambience, which is highly valued by our own residents and by visitors,” explains Mayor Luc Brisebois.
In addition to the reopening of the businesses and restaurants, Tremblant Resort Association (the Association de villégiature Tremblant: AVT), has gone ahead and opened several of the Resort’s tourist attractions such as the panoramic gondola, the beach, the Skyline Luge and soon, the immersive experience called Tonga Lumina created by Moment Factory.
More than ten or so businesses will be able to take advantage of a subsidy to install temporary terraces by establishing them beside or close to their business. To do this, the Ville has extended the Programme d’aide à l’aménagement de terrasses which anticipates an envelope of $32,500 that will allow, besides installation of the terraces, placement of furniture, decorations, flowers, the addition of signage and more.
Loosening the bylaws
Until October 31, the Ville de Mont-Tremblant will loosen its bylaws related to temporary signage, displays, terraces on private property, and sales counters as well as promotional events. During this period, temporary signs (sandwich boards and other) will not be limited as to number and external displays will be authorized for all kinds of businesses on the territory as a whole.
Business owners must first present their project to the Department of Town Planning by email to email@example.com or by making an appointment via 819-425-8614, Ext. 2400. There will be no fees attached to obtaining approval.
In the context of the pandemic and the economic recovery, the Ville will provide $5,000 to help businesses located in the pedestrian village put into place health and protection measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which could include hand-washing stations, distribution of face coverings and other measures deemed necessary.
“We appreciate the speed with which the Ville has acted and we thank the elected representatives for the assistance given to the businesspeople,” declares AVT director general, Cristina Romero. “The well-being of our community is central to our concerns, so we are happy to contribute in our own way to lessening the expenses related to establishing health measures for our businesspeople, which will facilitate the resumption of their activities in the Resort.”
Your suggestions and your ideas
Anyone who would like to share their ideas to support the economic recovery is invited to contact the Department of Economic Development at 819-681-6404.