Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 08, 2009 15:35 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects in Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland Quinte West, and Dean Del Maestro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough, announced today federal government support for projects in Ontario to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our military history is part of who we are as a nation, and the service men and women who served for the freedoms we enjoy today must be remembered," said Minister Thompson. "Memorials represent sacrifice and honour, and they carry on the importance of remembrance for future generations."

The Town of Kirkland Lake will receive funding to support the restoration of the Kirkland Lake Cenotaph. Funding provided will help repair the stairs leading to the monument, build a brick pathway and platform area to improve accessibility, as well as minor landscaping work. The Municipality of Trent Hills will receive funding for the restoration of the Trent River Cenotaph. The cenotaph will undergo extensive concrete work including the replacement of the existing balustrades, replacement of the concrete base and an adjustment to the grade surrounding the monument. The Township of Asphodel-Norwood will receive funding for the restoration of the Norwood Cenotaph. Restoration work includes repairing damaged concrete, cleaning the monument, as well as removing a collapsed wall located on the monument site and replacing it with a new fence.

"I am pleased to be able to announce our Government's funding today for these important restoration projects," said Mr. Norlock. "In addition to restoring memorials in Ontario, this funding also contributes to inspiring a renewed sense of remembrance within our communities."

"Cenotaphs and monuments reflect the community's appreciation for Canadians who served," said Mr. Del Maestro. "This is why our Government continues to provide support for cenotaph and monument restoration in communities from coast to coast."

The Government of Canada is providing more than $190,000 to 19 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. 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 information on the restoration project in northern Ontario. Visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding.

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