Parks Canada

Parks Canada

August 13, 2009 09:57 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Dominion Exhibition Building II National Historic Site of Canada

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to the Dominion Exhibition Building No. II National Historic Site of Canada, announced Mr. Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment 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.

"Manitoba offers many rich and interesting experiences for visitors as well as for the local community," said MP Merv Tweed. "It is vital that we continue to preserve our national historic sites; these restoration projects will enable these sites to continue to thrive and be enjoyed by families for generations to come."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada is contributing $425,000 to support the rehabilitation of the Dominion Exhibition Display Building No. II.

"This project will help the Dominion Exhibition Building No. II to provide an attraction of choice to visitors," said Minister Prentice. "In our Economic Action Plan, we recognize just how important cultural 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 Canadian history."

"This funding is exactly what we needed to get the ball rolling on the restoration of Display Building No. II," said Stanley Cochrane, President, Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. "This is the only building remaining in Canada from the Dominion Fairs and we intend to return it to its former glory. We're very grateful that Parks Canada has recognized its significance."

National historic sites contribute to tourism in over 400 communities across Canada through direct spending, visitor spending and spin-off economic activity. The 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 historic places across the country.

Parks Canada's National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing 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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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations