Parks Canada

Parks Canada

February 25, 2010 12:21 ET

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

EAP investment protecting treasured sites and boosting local economy

PERTH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Scott Reid, Deputy House Leader of the Government and MP for Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, announced today that the Government of Canada provided infrastructure funding to Matheson House National Historic Site of Canada. Today's announcement is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which includes major investments in national historic sites as a means of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Ontario offers many spectacular natural landscapes and interesting historic treasures, and our investment is helping to preserve and protect one right here in our community," said Mr. Reid. "Matheson House is of great historic value to the local community and it offers a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn from our diverse history and heritage."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, which received funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada contributed $16,000 to support a conservation project that involves work on the exterior of the building, including work on the front entrance, front steps and stone wall that supports the steps at Matheson House National Historic Site of Canada.

"The Government of Canada funding allows us to preserve existing stonework and improve the front façade of the Matheson House Museum. The project will include replacing deteriorated front steps with new sandstone steps, installing a hand rail, repairing the stone wall and preserving the existing quoins which will restore the historical integrity of the grand front entrance to the Museum," said Perth Mayor John Fenik. "The cost of preserving our Heritage Buildings is substantial, and we thank the government for the much needed support required for the Matheson House, Home of the Perth Museum and National Historic Site of Canada, a gem in our historic landscape in downtown Heritage Perth."

"This project will help Matheson House National Historic Site remain a destination of choice for travellers from around the world," said Minister Prentice. "This government is proud of the important role the Cost-Sharing Program will play in supporting local economies and in renewing 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 commitment to help stabilize the economy and ensure a strong economic recovery. Construction projects funded through the Cost-Sharing Program provide opportunities for skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on national historic sites across the country.

The National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program is a contribution program that can pay up to 50% of eligible costs incurred by the owner to conserve a national historic site and present it to Canadians for their enjoyment and appreciation. 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.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations