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March 27, 2010 15:30 ET

Government of Canada Doubles Investment in Ottawa Humane Society

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 27, 2010) - The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister and the Member of Parliament for Ottawa West—Nepean, announced today that the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) will receive an additional $1.8 million for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art shelter and animal hospital. This doubles the Government of Canada's previous investment for a total of $3.6 million.

"Our Government recognizes the importance of supporting projects that will boost the economy and create jobs," said Minister Baird. "The construction and expansion of a new Ottawa Humane Society building will create new jobs in the city while enabling the staff at the OHS to deliver an even higher quality of service to the increasing number of animals that make their way to the loving arms of these dedicated caregivers."

Bruce Roney, Executive Director of the Ottawa Humane Society said: "As anyone that visits our shelter knows, our 40-year-old shelter on Champagne Avenue is far too small and out-of-date to properly meet the needs of Ottawa's animals. This announcement means that very soon, Ottawa will finally have the facilities that our community needs to help our animal friends receive a second chance. We are all very grateful to Minister Baird and the federal government for their tremendous support of this important project."

For over 100 years, the Humane Society has championed the cause of Ottawa's most vulnerable animals, providing a safe haven for the abused, sick, injured and homeless in our Nation's Capital. The OHS offers care to any animal in need, regardless of age, health, temperament, or space available.

Beyond today's announcement, the Government of Canada, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is taking important steps to support economic growth through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management
    613-991-0700