Parks Canada

Parks Canada

August 25, 2009 12:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Craigflower Manor House National Historic Site of Canada

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to Craigflower Manor House National Historic Site of Canada. This funding is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which includes measures to stimulate growth in the tourism sector, as part of the Government's overall plan to stimulate economy during the global recession.

"Victoria is rich in history and natural beauty," said Minister Lunn. "Our national historic sites are very important to their local communities and these projects will enable Craigflower Manor House to continue to thrive and be enjoyed by families for generations to come."

Through the Parks Canada National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, Parks Canada will be contributing $125,000 to support the restoration project that will repair extensive damage caused by a recent fire at Craigflower Manor House. This funding matches the provincial contribution of $125,000 for a combined total of $250,000 for restoration work at this national historic site.

"This project will help Craigflower Manor House be an attraction of choice for visitors," said Minister Prentice. "In our Economic Action Plan, we recognize just how important history, heritage and tourism are to the economy, and the important role that our national historic sites play in support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of national historic sites.

Craigflower Manor House is a provincially-owned heritage property and a national historic site of Canada. The two-storey log farm house is one of the last remaining links to original settlement farms established by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1840s and 1850s. Today, Craigflower Manor is managed and operated by The Land Conservancy (TLC) under a 15-year provincial contract that started in 2003.

"As a remnant of the Hudson's Bay Company history in Canada, B.C.'s Craigflower Manor is one of the oldest buildings in the province and a treasured historical landmark," said B.C. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Kevin Krueger. "The Province is pleased to match this contribution with a commitment of $125,000 in monetary support and services to provide the financial resources needed to repair fire damage to this nationally-recognized Vancouver Island icon."

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

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

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations
    819-994-3023