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April 06, 2010 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Working to Enhance Camping Facilities in Jasper National Park

Canada’s Economic Action Plan at work in Alberta

JASPER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, today announced important investments in visitor infrastructure and recreational opportunities in Jasper National Park of Canada. This project is delivered through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"This investment of up to $3 million in Jasper National Park will not only help preserve and improve our treasured places, it will also provide local construction jobs and economic activity and help to encourage tourism," said Minister Merrifield. "Our Government is now working to deliver Year II of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which will see continued job-creating stimulus measures, as well as preparation to begin paying down the deficit when the time is right, and create and protect jobs in the future."

Improvements include upgrading campsites from electrical to full-service in Whistlers, Wabasso, Wapiti and Pocohontas campgrounds, upgrading existing washroom facilities, developing a new 2 km interpretive trail through the Whistler campground, and improving the welcome and orientation signage in all campgrounds.

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 over half a million Canadians. Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession.

"By investing in the infrastructure of Canada's National Parks and National Historic Sites, our Government is helping to preserve and protect these special places that are symbols of our country and tangible connections to our history," added Minister Prentice.

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $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 construction, tourism and conservation sectors will be hired in every province and territory of Canada.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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