Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

December 15, 2009 11:20 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects in British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, announced today federal government support for nine projects in British Columbia to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Monuments and cenotaphs serve an important role in our remembrance because they are a permanent symbol of the pride and gratitude Canadians share for our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Thompson. "It is important that we maintain the glory of our cenotaphs and memorials, and in doing so, inspire a renewed sense of remembrance within the community. This is why our government continues to provide support for cenotaph and monument restoration in communities across the country."

The City of Kelowna will receive funding for the restoration of the Rutland Lions Cenotaph. The City of Powell River will receive funding for the restoration of the Powell River War Memorial and Fountain. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #263 (Coquitlam) will receive funding for the restoration of the Blue Mountain Cenotaph. The District of Kent will receive funding for the restoration of the Vimy Park Cenotaph in Agassiz. The City of Campbell River will receive funding for the restoration of the Campbell River Cenotaph and Netherlands Monument. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 (Cowichan) will receive funding for the restoration of the Major Charles Hoey Victory Cross Memorial in Cowichan. The City of Prince George will receive funds for the removal and restoration of the commemorative plaques from the Veteran's Plaza Cenotaph. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #203 (Edgewood) will receive funding for the restoration of the Edgewood Memorial Cenotaph. The District of Lake Country will also receive funding for the restoration of the Winfield Cenotaph.

"The restoration of our local cenotaphs brings new life to our communities. They will continue to represent a place of honour for our local service men and women, past and present," said Minister Day. "Supporting memorial restoration projects is one way that the Government of Canada is ensuring our Veterans are remembered in communities across the country."

The Government of Canada is providing more than $274,465 to 29 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Through these partnerships, cenotaphs and monuments honouring Veterans, Canada's war dead, and significant military events, are maintained with the standard of care and dignity they deserve.

Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups and other organizations interested in restoring local memorials may be eligible for funding. Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the projects in British Columbia. To learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding, you can visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649