Parks Canada

Parks Canada

March 26, 2010 11:31 ET

Government of Canada Investment at Point Pelee National Park

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO,--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Mr. Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced major investments for Point Pelee National Park. 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 help to create and protect Canadian jobs of the future," said Mr. Van Kesteren. "This investment of up to $3 million at Point Pelee National Park will ensure that the natural wonder of this unique and treasured place will be maintained for future generations while generating important economic benefits for our local community."

Point Pelee National Park is one of Canada's smallest national parks, and yet, this green oasis attracts over 200,000 visitors each year. Visitors often stay in the nearby town of Leamington, generating additional economic opportunities for area businesses. Funding from today's announcement provides for construction of heritage presentation exhibits and signage, upgrades to the park's transportation infrastructure, including replacement of the Tip Shuttle System, and ensure that the environmental footprint of the park's Visitor Centre is more environmentally sustainable.

"The Government of Canada realizes the importance of protecting and presenting our natural heritage," said Mr. Prentice. "In our Economic Action Plan, we recognize just how important tourism is to the economy, and the investment announced today will help improve the tourism value of Point Pelee National Park."

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.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Scott Currie
    Communications Manager
    Southwestern Ontario Field Unit