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August 27, 2009 08:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at St. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Basilica National Historic Site of Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to St. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Basilica National Historic Site of Canada, today announced the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honorable 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 global recession, which includes major investments in national historic sites as a means of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Prince Edward Island is proud of the varied and exciting opportunities offered by its scenic beauty, rich heritage and vibrant culture," said Minister Shea. "Our national historic sites are of great value to the local community and offer Canadians a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn about our diverse history and heritage."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada is contributing $425,000 to support the conservation project at St. Dunstan's Basilica.

"The Diocese of Charlottetown is very pleased that Parks Canada will be providing funding up to $425,000 to the St. Dunstan's Basilica Restoration Project through the Parks Canada National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program," said the Most Reverend Vernon Fougere, Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Charlottetown. "St. Dunstan's Basilica, recognized as a National Historic Site, has been undergoing a restoration process intended to ready the building for the next one hundred years. Thus far, more than five million dollars has been expended toward achieving this goal. The support received from Parks Canada will assist with the completion of this most worthy project."

"This project will help St. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Basilica be 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 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 Parks Canada 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 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 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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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations