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August 19, 2009 12:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Atlas No. 3 Coal Mine National Historic Site of Canada

EASTCOULEE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructurefunding to Atlas No. 3 Coal Mine National Historic Site of Canada, todayannounced Mr. Kevin Sorenson, Member of Parliament for Crowfoot, on behalf ofthe Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Ministerresponsible for Parks Canada. Today's announcement is part of Canada's EconomicAction Plan to stimulate Canada's economy during the global recession. TheEconomic Action Plan includes major investments in national historic sites as ameans of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Alberta offersmany spectacular and interesting historic treasures,"said MP Kevin Sorenson. "The Atlas No. 3 Coal Mine played a significant role in the history of the coal industry in theDrumheller Valley and I am inviting everyone to learn and experience somethingspecial about our great province by visiting this wonderful national historicsite."

Through Parks Canada's NationalHistoric Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada iscontributing $278,894 to support the emergency restoration project at the AtlasNo. 3 Coal Mine

"This project will help Atlas No. 3 Coal Mine be an attraction of choice for visitors," said Minister Prentice."In our Economic Action Plan, we recognize just how important history, heritageand tourism are to the economy, and the important role that our Cost-SharingProgram will play in support to local economies, as well as to the fabric ofnational historic sites."

Linda Digby, Executive Director, Atlas Coal MineNational Historic Site said, "This funding will match contributions from theAlberta Government, corporate sector, and individuals. It is the missing link,empowering us to preserve nationally designated structures that we hold intrust for the people of Canada. We are grateful and excited."

National historicsites contribute to tourism in over 400 communities across Canada throughdirect spending, visitor spending and spin-off economic activity. The renewalof the Cost-Sharing Program, with a budget of $20 million provided in part byCanada's Economic Action Plan, reflects the government's desire to support jobcreation by providing funding for conservation of National Historic Sites. ThisProgram provides opportunities for skilled construction and conservationprofessionals to work on historic places across the country.

Parks Canada's National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Programis a contribution program whereby up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in theconservation and presentation of a national historic site are paid by theProgram. Eligible recipients include other levels of government, not-for-profitorganizations and not-for-profit aboriginal organizations.

Parks Canada works to ensure thatCanada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for theenjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in thefuture.

Also available onthe Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Mediaroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441

    or

    Parks Canada
    Media Relations
    819-994-3023