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Parks Canada

March 02, 2010 10:22 ET

Government of Canada Investment at Fort Malden National Historic Site

Canada’s Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

AMHERSTBURG, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, today announced investments for Fort Malden National Historic Site. The 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, which will focus on job creation and economic growth," said Mr. Watson. "This investment of up to $352,000 at Fort Malden National Historic Site will enhance visitor experience, while creating local jobs"

The investment at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada will go to support a renewal of visitor experience opportunities offered on-site through different approaches. Visitors will discover and learn about the historical resources of the fort, and about its role in the War of 1812, in new ways. Fort Malden National Historic Site preserves elements of the second fort built by the British on the eastern bank of the Detroit River to defend the Canadian border from American attack, and was the headquarters for the British forces in southwestern Upper Canada during the War of 1812.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the War of 1812 as a turning point in our nation's history and celebrates two centuries of peaceful co-existence with the United States," said Mr. Prentice. "In our Economic Action Plan, we recognize just how important history, heritage and tourism are to the economy, and the investment announced today will help improve the tourism value of Fort Malden National Historic Site."

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 by restoring confidence and supporting workers and families.

Canada's Economic Action Plan contains $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments, many skilled men and women in the construction, tourism and conservation sectors will be hired in every province and territory of Canada.

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