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Parks Canada

April 08, 2010 13:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work in Glacier, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks

Improvements to benefit visitor experience and safety

REVELSTOKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced major investments for Glacier, Yoho and Kootenay national parks of Canada. This project is delivered through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

 "Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's strategy to stimulate our economy during the global recession," said Minister Day. "These investments in roads and bridges in Kootenay, Yoho and Glacier national parks will ensure the safety of Canadians travelling on our roadways while providing jobs and encouraging tourism and economic activity in British Columbia."

The announcement of up to $12 million for highway improvements is the latest in a series of enhancements to the mountain national parks and is part of the Economic Action Plan launched in 2009. The plan set aside $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites.

"Every year thousands of Canadians and visitors from around the world visit British Columbia's mountain parks and travel these highways, whether they are tourists, business people, or just visiting family, they deserve for it to be enjoyable and safe,'' said Minister Prentice. "Today's investment will help travellers appreciate the beauty of our great parks without worrying about the roads.''

Tourism represents a significant economic opportunity for Canada and, for this reason, has been targeted in the Economic Action Plan. In 2007, the tourism sector contributed approximately $28.6 billion to the Canadian economy and employed 653,400 Canadians. As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the main plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession, the Government of Canada is delivering immediate action through a targeted plan that will create and maintain jobs for today and tomorrow.

Canada's Economic Action Plan initiatives already underway in the mountain national parks include the twinning of the Trans Canada Highway through Banff National Park, improvements to sections of Highway #93 South, and upgrades to the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre and Field Visitor Reception Centre washrooms. These highway and infrastructure improvements strengthen the ties of travel and trade between communities and increase visitor opportunities to connect with the national parks.

Canada's Economic Action Plan contains $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments, many skilled men and women in the construction, tourism and conservation sectors will be hired in every province and territory of Canada.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks
    Jacolyn Daniluck
    Communication officer
    250-837-7500