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December 04, 2009 14:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Atwater Library of the Mechanic's Institute of Montreal National Historic Site of Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to the Atwater Library of the Mechanic's Institute of Montreal National Historic Site of Canada, today announced the Honourable Senator Angus, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. Today's announcement is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan to stimulate Canada's economy during the global recession. The Economic Action Plan includes major investments in national historic sites as a means of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Montreal is proud of the varied and exciting opportunities offered by its scenic beauty, rich history and vibrant culture," said Senator Angus. "I hope that families and individuals from all over take the opportunity to learn and experience something special about our great province by visiting this wonderful national historic site."

Through the National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing $425,000 to support a conservation project that will make the Atwater Library of the Mechanic's Institute of Montreal National Historic Site of Canada building secure and will address safety and current building code requirements.

"I am delighted with this funding award, it is our goal to preserve and upgrade our beautiful building that is a thriving center of learning and cultural activities and this cost sharing contribution gives our capital campaign a tremendous kick off, " stated Ellen Bounsall, President of the Atwater Library and Computer Center's Board of Directors.

"This project will help the Atwater Library of the Mechanic's Institute of Montreal remain a vibrant centre of community life ", said Minister Prentice. "In our Economic Action Plan, we recognize just how important history, heritage and tourism are to the economy, and the important role that our Cost-Sharing Program will play in support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of National Historic Sites.

National historic sites contribute to tourism in over 400 communities across Canada through direct spending, visitor spending and spin-off economic activity. The National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, with a budget of $20 million provided in part by Canada's Economic Action Plan, reflects the government's desire to support job creation by providing funding for conservation of National Historic Sites. This Program provides opportunities for skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on national historic sites across the country.

This program is a contribution program whereby up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of a national historic site are paid by the Program. Eligible recipients include other levels of government, not-for-profit organizations and not-for-profit aboriginal organizations.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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