Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

January 28, 2010 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Grants $400,000 in Funding to Village Quebecois d'Antan to Renovate 13 Buildings

DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2010) - Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, today announced that Village Quebecois d'Antan has been awarded $400,000 in non-repayable funding through the Community Adjustment Fund, a measure provided for under Canada's Economic Action Plan, to complete the building renovation project it began in 2008.

This financial assistance will allow the heritage village to continue restoring its existing facilities in an effort to improve the tourist site and ensure visitor safety. As such, 13 buildings will undergo major renovations, including roof, foundation and weatherboarding work carried out using traditional methods and materials. Structural repairs as well as improvements to the sanitary systems are also planned.

"This project will create the equivalent of nine temporary subcontracting jobs during the work phase, while ensuring the maintenance of four seasonal jobs. Since 1998, the Government of Canada has been a proud supporter of this major attraction, a veritable feather in the cap of the Centre-du-Quebec tourism industry," explained Jacques Gourde.

Located along the banks of the Saint-Francois River, Village Quebecois d'Antan, with its 70 authentic buildings, has been a living museum of 19th century Quebec life for more than 30 years, showcasing such aspects of the province's historical heritage as its habits and customs, trades, professions, folklore and traditional dress.

"In January of 2009, our government adopted Canada's Economic Action Plan to tackle the economic crisis that hit our country, along with the rest of the world. This large-scale measure is aimed not only at bringing about our rapid economic recovery, but also at laying the foundations for solid long-term growth and job creation. This Plan will translate into nearly $62 billion in funding being invested in our economy by the year 2011," the Member of Parliament concluded.

For more on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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