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December 15, 2009 10:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site in Uxbridge

Government of Canada Protecting National Historic Sites of Canada

UXBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) - The Honourable Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament for Durham today announced the Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site of Canada in Uxbridge. Today's announcement, made on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Minister of the Environment and Parks Canada, is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan to stimulate Canada's economy during the global recession. The Economic Action Plan includes major investments in national historic sites as a means of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Uxbridge is rich in its historical heritage," said Minister Oda, "I am proud that our government continues to preserve our national historic sites, and the Leaskdale Manse is an important part of Canada's cultural history in recognizing the contribution of Lucy Maud Montgomery."

Through the National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing $80,332 to support a conservation project that focuses on the restoration of the manse at Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site of Canada. This National Historic Site of Canada is the former Presbyterian manse where Lucy Maud Montgomery lived with her husband and family from 1911-1926. It is a modest brick late 19th-century house set on a residential lot just north of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in the hamlet of Leaskdale, Ontario, north of Toronto.

"We are delighted that Parks Canada has further acknowledged the significance and importance of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Manse in the hamlet of Leaskdale, with the announcement of an $80,332 grant for the renovation and restoration of this historic property," said Mr. Bob Shepherd, Mayor, Township of Uxbridge. "The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario and the Township of Uxbridge will provide matching funds to ensure that this culturally significant homestead will be protected and preserved for future public enjoyment."

"This project will help Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site be a destination of choice for travellers," 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 the Cost-Sharing Program will play in support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of National Historic Sites.

National historic sites contribute to tourism in over 400 communities across Canada through direct spending, visitor spending and spin-off economic activity. The National Historic Sites 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 national historic sites across the country.

This 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.

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