Parks Canada

Parks Canada

April 09, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Investment at Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

POINT CLARK, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 9, 2010) - Mr. Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure investments for Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site. The project is delivered through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The Government of Canada is now working to deliver Year II of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which will focus on job creation and economic growth," said Mr. Lobb. "This investment of up to $495,000 at Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site will lead to enhanced visitor experience, while employing Canadians."

Point Clark is best known for its imperial lighthouse tower, which was first lit on April 1, 1859. The 87-foot limestone lighthouse structure is a style rarely seen elsewhere in Canada, and it was the first Ontario lighthouse to be designated as a National Historic Site by Parks Canada in 1967.

"Through Parks Canada, our government manages a network of protected natural and historic sites that are among the largest and most beautiful in the world," said Minister Prentice. "The funds allocated today for Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada will ensure this national treasure is protected and preserved for generations to come."

Tourism represents a significant economic opportunity for Canada and, for this reason, has been targeted in Canada's Economic Action Plan. In 2007, the tourism sector contributed approximately $28.6 billion to the Canadian economy and employed 653,400 Canadians. Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession by restoring confidence and supporting workers and families.

Canada's Economic Action Plan will set aside $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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