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September 02, 2009 10:50 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Ensemble-Institutionnel-de-Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce National Historic Site of Canada

SAINT-JOSEPH-DE-BEAUCE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to the Ensemble-Institutionnel-de-Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce National Historic Site of Canada, today announced the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament for Beauce, 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.

"Quebec offers many rich and interesting experiences for visitors at home and abroad," said Mr. Bernier. "It is vital that we continue to preserve our national historic places, and this project will help Ensemble-Institutionnel-de-Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce be an attraction of
choice for all."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada is contributing $425,000 to support the conservation project at the Ensemble-Institutionnel-de-Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce.

"This important financial contribution made by Parks Canada will influence municipal decision makers to continue their conservation efforts and will enable the immediate completion of certain projects," said the Mayor Michel Cliche. "This government aid will allow our various local organizations access to local services at affordable costs."

"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," said Minister Prentice.

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

Parks Canada's National Historic Sites 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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    Frederic Baril
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    Parks Canada
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