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January 25, 2010 15:19 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal National Historic Site of Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal National Historic Site of Canada. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, 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 challenging economic times.

"Montreal is proud of the varied and exciting opportunities offered by its scenic beauty, rich heritage and vibrant culture," said Senator Nolin. "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 Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government is delivering $425,000 to support a 3-phased conservation project, which consists of replacing some of the roofs and masonry repair work at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal.

"Each year, some two million pilgrims and tourists come to visit this exceptional site, one of the beacons of our heritage", adds Father Claude Grou, CSC. "This unique site draws people of different origins and cultures from around the world, who can meet and experience this peaceful place together. We are pleased and grateful for the support of Parks Canada in restoring and preserving the Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal."

"This project will help the Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal be a destination of choice for travellers from around the world," said Minister Prentice. "In our Economic Action Plan, our Government is helping to stimulate the economy as well as preserve and protect special places like this that are symbols of our country and tangible connections to our history ."

National Historic Sites contribute to tourism in over 400 communities across Canada through direct spending, visitor spending and spin-off economic activity. Parks Canada's 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.

This 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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