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August 14, 2009 14:27 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Trinity Church and Rectory National Historic Site of Canada

KINGSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to Trinity Church and Rectory National Historic Site of Canada, today announced Mr. Rob Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Fundy-Royal, 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.

"New Brunswick offers many spectacular natural landscapes and interesting historic treasures," said MP Rob Moore. "Trinity Church and Rectory is of great historic value to the local community and it offers a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn from our diverse heritage."

Through the Parks Canada National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada is contributing $30,000 to prepare a maintenance plan and complete some renovations at the Trinity Church and Rectory.

"This project will help Trinity Church and Rectory and its local community provide 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 Cost-Sharing Program will play in support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of Canadian history."

"This Cost-Sharing Program contribution will enable the Restoration Committee to fast track some renovations as well as prepare a professional maintenance plan for these two historic buildings," said Thomas Meade, Chairman of the Restoration Committee for the Anglican Parish of Kingston. The Trinity Church and Rectory are part of the Kingston Historic District, declared by the Province of New Brunswick in 2000.

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 of Canada 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.

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