Parks Canada

Parks Canada

August 20, 2009 09:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Granville Block, St. Paul's Anglican Church and Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church National Historic Sites of Canada

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding at three national historic sites in Halifax, today announced Mr. Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. Today's announcement is part of Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program and builds on the commitment in Canada's Economic Action Plan to upgrade national historic sites as a means of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Nova Scotia is proud of the varied and exciting opportunities offered by its scenic beauty, rich heritage and vibrant culture," said Mr. Keddy. "Our historic sites are of great value to the local community and offer Canadians a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn about our history and heritage."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, Parks Canada will be contributing a combined sum of $425,000 to Granville Block for a Preparatory Assistance Project and conservation project. Additionally, Parks Canada is providing $10,000 to support a conservation project at Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church, and St. Paul's Anglican Church will receive $1,130 for a Preparatory Conservation Project.

"Preserving NSCAD University's beloved Granville Block will ensure that this cultural icon of inestimable value to our community is protected from further erosion, while safeguarding its historic value for future generations," says David B. Smith, president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. "The Parks Canada National Historic Site funding will address critical conservation needs of our Granville Campus, including window replacements, roof repairs, masonry and stone facade stabilization," he adds. "We are deeply grateful for this generous and timely support."

St. Paul's Anglican Church funding will also help maintain its heritage value. "The congregation of St Paul's considers it a privilege to worship in the footsteps of many who have gone before in St Paul's and have carried the cost of the operation and maintenance of this National Historic Site for 260 years with only occasional relief," said David Sisley, Senior Warden, St. Paul's Anglican Church. "We are facing significant challenges of which roof replacement and repainting the exterior of the church are part. The contribution provided by the Parks Canada Cost Sharing Program for the engineering study has been an essential first step to ensure the future integrity of the building. For this we are very thankful"

Financial support for the exterior and interior conservation work at The Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church is also appreciated. "The Little Dutch Church is one of the earliest church structures founded in Halifax, indeed Canada, and is in constant need of conservation," said George Westhaver, Rector. "Our Parish is responsible for two National Historic Sites, which continue to play an important role to our congregation and community. The generous help of the Government of Canada considerably eases our burden in maintaining their heritage value."

"These projects will help their local communities provide attractions of choice for visitors," 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 renewal of 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 will provide opportunities for many skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on historic places in every province and territory in Canada in the months to come.

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. Of the 949 national historic sites, 162 are owned by Parks Canada. Other owners of national historic sites include aboriginal groups, educational institutions, businesses, religious groups, private owners, and other levels of government.

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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