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Parks Canada

September 04, 2009 11:19 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Morrin College/Former Quebec Prison and Mount Hermon Cemetery National Historic Sites of Canada

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to Morrin College/Former Quebec Prison National Historic Site of Canada and to Mount Hermon Cemetery National Historic Site of Canada, today announced Ms. Sylvie Boucher, Member of Parliament for Beauport-Limoilou, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. Today's announcement 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.

"Quebec is proud of the varied and exciting opportunities offered by its scenic beauty, diverse heritage and vibrant culture," said Ms. Boucher. "Our historic sites are of great value to the local community and offer Canadians a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn from our diverse heritage."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada is contributing $106,225 to support the completion of the interior conservation project at Morrin College/Former Quebec Prison National Historic Site of Canada. The Mount Hermon Cemetery National Historic Site of Canada will receive $202,333 for the rehabilitation and preservation of the charnel house and the rehabilitation and preservation of gothic revival elements of the welcome pavilion.

National historic sites contribute to tourism in over 400 communities across Canada through direct spending, visitor spending and spin-off economic activity. These irreplaceable places are important to all Canadians and this Government is taking action to ensure they are maintained and passed on to future generations.

"The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec is very pleased and thankful to receive this funding from the Parks Canada National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program. These funds will go towards restoring the remarkable 200-year-old prison cells housed in the Morrin Centre as well as the research and creation of an exhibition. The support provided by Parks Canada will allow the community and visitors alike to experience this unique aspect of Canadian history," said Mr. Simon Jacobs, Executive Director of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

"The management and board of directors of the Mount Hermon Cemetery Association are very pleased to receive funding from Parks Canada through the National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program. The cemetery, which dates back to 1848, is one of the first rural cemeteries established in Canada. The funds invested will finance the preservation of this memorial site for the population," said M. Gordon Kerr, Vice-President, Mount Hermon Cemetery Association.

"These projects will help their local communities provide attractions 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 Cost-Sharing Program will play in support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of National Historic Sites."

The Government of 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.

The Parks Canada National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, a contribution program covering up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of a national historic site, has a budget of $20 million provided in part by Canada's Economic Action Plan. This program 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.

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Contact Information

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