Parks Canada

Parks Canada

August 18, 2009 10:47 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Saint John City Market National Historic Site of Canada

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2009) - Mr. Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honorable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to the Saint John City Market National Historic Site of Canada. This funding is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which includes measures to stimulate growth in the tourism sector, as part of the Government's overall plan to stimulate the economy during the global recession.

"The Saint John City Market offers many rich and interesting experiences for visitors as well as for the local community," added MP Rodney Weston. "Today, the Saint John City Market is more vital and productive than in anytime in its history, and I am inviting everyone to learn and experience something special about our great province by visiting this wonderful historic site."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing $25,000 to support the conservation preparation project for the Saint John City Market. The City of Saint John will contribute $25,000 for a project total of $50,000.

"This project will help the Saint John City Market and its local community provide an attraction of choice to 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."

"In 2010 Saint John, Canada's first city, will celebrate our 225th birthday", said Mayor Ivan Court. "This announcement means that the Market, the oldest of its kind in Canada, will continue to play its vital role in our community."

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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Contact Information

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