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Parks Canada

April 06, 2010 14:14 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Tourism Infrastructure at Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

PORT SEVERN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound – Muskoka, today announced major investments in Georgian Bay Islands National Park. This 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," said Mr. Clement. "This investment of up to $2.3 million will enhance visitor infrastructure, employ Canadians and improve visitors' experiences at Georgian Bay Islands National Park."

This investment will provide for upgrading and re-design of existing services, structures and camping areas. Changes will accommodate current and increased visitation and reflect the needs of today's visitor. The project includes enhancements at Cedar Springs Campground that will improve the overall visitor experience, re-engage existing visitors and attract new audiences.

"Tourism is an important economic contributor to many communities across this great country," said Minister Prentice. "Our Government's investment in this picturesque national park will not only help preserve and improve this treasured place, it will also provide local construction jobs and economic activity which will help encourage tourism in central Ontario."

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.

Canada's Economic Action Plan contains $374 million for improvements to facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments many skilled women and men 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.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Parks Canada - Central Ontario
    Sara Atkins
    External Relations Manager
    705-750-4883