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August 24, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at the Former Elora Drill Shed National Historic Site of Canada

ELORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - August 24, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington - Halton Hills, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at the Former Elora Drill Shed National Historic Site of Canada. Built in 1865, the Former Elora Drill Shed is an excellent example of the type of drill shed constructed in Canada by rural militia units before the Department of Defence introduced a standard design for such buildings.

"The Former Elora Drill Shed National Historic Site is rich in history and is very important to residents in Elora and to Canadians," said Mr. Chong. "This conservation project will help ensure that this national historic site remains a vibrant part of Canada's cultural legacy."

Through the Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $69,675 to support repairs to the stone masonry and external doors at the Former Elora Drill Shed.

"Our government recognizes the importance of stimulating growth through key infrastructure investments," said Minister Prentice. "We are pleased to be investing in the Former Elora Drill Shed National Historic Site as a way of simultaneously preserving Canada's historical heritage while promoting the economy with investments that create local jobs."

"The renovation and restoration of the Former Elora Drill Shed significantly adds to the heritage ambiance of this gateway to our community and reinforces the commitment to protection and preservation of the heritage value and character-defining elements of the building," said Kathy Baranski, Chair of Heritage Centre Wellington. "Along with the reconstruction of the intersection, this lovely building enhances this all important corner of Centre Wellington, drawing people in to explore further. Thank you to the Government of Canada and Parks Canada for the grant to allow us to achieve this successful restoration."

Parks Canada's 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 national historic sites across the country.

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

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