Parks Canada

Parks Canada

August 28, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Commemorates the National Historic Importance of the Toronto Power Generating Station and Invests in Heritage Infrastructure

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2009) - On behalf of the Honorable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honorable Rob Nicholson P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today recognized the national historic significance of the Electrical Development Company and Powerhouse National Historic Site of Canada with the unveiling of a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque. As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Minister also announced a $425,000 infrastructure investment to upgrade the national historic site and stimulate growth in the tourism sector.

"Niagara Falls is proud of the varied and exciting opportunities offered by its scenic beauty, rich heritage and vibrant culture," said Minister Nicholson. "I know that residents of Niagara and visitors to this wonderful area will appreciate this building's national historic significance and the work of the Niagara Parks Commission and the Government of Canada to preserve this iconic National Historic Site."

The Electrical Development Company and Powerhouse National Historic Site of Canada, commonly referred to as the Toronto Power Generating Station, opened in 1906 to supply the Toronto market. The station's palatial powerhouse was designed by the eminent Toronto architect Edward James Lennox to complement the scenic setting. It is dramatically situated on the banks of the Niagara River, just above Niagara Falls.

Through the Parks Canada National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will contribute $425,000 to support the conservation project at the Electrical Development Company Generating Station. Some of the work to be conducted includes paint removal, abrasive cleaning of windows and interior steel, installation of electrical supply for lighting and security, roof repair and aluminum clapping of the wheel pit.

"I want to thank Ministers Nicholson and Prentice, as well as the dedicated staff at Parks Canada, for their generous contribution in helping to preserve this significant federally recognized historic site," stated Niagara Parks Chairman Jim Williams. "These funds will allow us to begin the task of preserving this building so that it can continue to proudly serve Niagara and Niagara Parks for generations to come," added Williams.

"Originally designed to be a tourist landmark, the recognition as a National Historic Site of Canada and infrastructure investment will help the Electrical Development Company and Powerhouse provide an attraction of choice for travellers," said Minister Prentice. "In our recent Economic Action Plan, we recognized just how important cultural heritage and tourism are to the economy, and the important role that our national historic sites and Cost-Sharing Program play in support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of Canadian history."

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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Contact Information

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