Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 08, 2009 15:37 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Projects in Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced today federal government support for two projects in Quebec to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Town of Chandler is receiving funding to support the restoration of its cenotaph. Funding provided by Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program will help to enlarge the walkway to improve accessibility to the monument as well as to add a concrete base to raise the height of the monument and to improve drainage. Two names will be added to the monument and the existing inscriptions will be refinished. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 003 (Baie-Comeau) is receiving funding to support the restoration of Baie-Comeau's Cross of Sacrifice. The monument commemorates those who served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

"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."

"Local cenotaphs are an important part of community life in cities and towns across Canada," said Minister Paradis. "Our Government is working with the many cities, towns and volunteer organizations to support restoration of monuments like those in Chandler and Baie-Comeau. This Government's contributions will help ensure they remain as testaments to the service and sacrifice of these communities' sons and daughters for years to come."

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 projects in Quebec. 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