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January 30, 2010 12:22 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at the Masonic Memorial Temple National Historic Site of Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2010) - The Government of Canada is delivering infrastructure funding to the Masonic Memorial Temple National Historic Site of Canada. This announcement was made by the Honourable W. David Angus, Senator, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan to stimulate Canada's economy. The Economic Action Plan includes major investments in national historic sites as a means of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Montreal offers many rich experiences and interesting historic treasures," said Senator Angus. "The Masonic Memorial Temple is of great historic value to the local community and it offers a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn from our diverse history and heritage."

Through the National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing $425,000 to support a conservation project at the Masonic Memorial Temple, which is one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts style in Canada.

Brian Dillon, Heritage Vice President of the Masonic Memorial Temple declared, "We are most appreciative of Parks Canada for their interest in preserving the architectural heritage of Montreal. Their technical and financial support are very encouraging in our efforts to preserve this unique historical treasure: The Montreal Memorial Masonic Temple."

"This project will help the Masonic Memorial Temple be a destination of choice for travellers," 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 supporting 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.

The National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program is a contribution program that can pay up to 50% of eligible costs incurred by the owner to conserve a national historic site and present it to Canadians for their enjoyment and appreciation. 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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