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August 14, 2009 17:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site of Canada

PORT EDWARD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site of Canada, today announced the Honourable Jay Hill, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, 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.

"British Columbia offers many spectacular natural landscapes and interesting historic treasures," said Mr. Hill. "The North Pacific Cannery is of great historic value to the local community and it offers a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn about our past".

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing $425,000 to support the conservation and rehabilitation of the North Pacific Cannery.

"This project will help North Pacific Cannery provide an attraction 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 Canadian history."

The North Pacific Cannery is the oldest surviving intact salmon cannery on the West Coast of North America. As a national historic site, it interprets the rich and diverse Canadian experience on the Pacific Coast. Andrew Hamilton, President of the Port Edward Historic Society that oversees the stewardship of the site said, "We are extremely pleased to receive the funding from Parks Canada, supporting our conservation efforts. These funds will allow us to continue to develop North Pacific Cannery into a key cultural attraction providing opportunities for Canadians to enjoy our national heritage."

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 national historic sites 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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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations