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September 03, 2009 11:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Wilfrid Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada

VICTORIAVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2009) - The Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to Wilfrid Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada, today announced Ms. Sylvie Boucher, Member of Parliament for Beauport-Limoilou, 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 global recession. The Economic Action Plan includes major investments in national historic sites as a means of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Quebec is rich in history and natural beauty and Parks Canada does a wonderful job in presenting our national treasures to Canadians," said Ms. Boucher. "Our national historic sites are very important to their local communities and this project will enable the Wilfrid Laurier House to continue to thrive and be enjoyed by visitors for generations to come."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada is contributing $160,670.54 to support the restoration and conservation project at the Wilfrid Laurier House.

National historic sites contribute to tourism in over 400 communities across Canada through direct spending, visitor spending and spin-off economic activity. These irreplaceable places are important to all Canadians and this Government is taking action to ensure they are maintained and passed on to future generations.

"This is truly a memorable day. The Government of Canada is taking highly tangible measures to preserve this national historic site of Canada and we are delighted about it," said Mr. Richard Pednault, director/curator of the Musee Laurier.

"This project will help Wilfrid Laurier House 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 national historic sites."

The Government of 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.

The Parks Canada National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, a contribution program covering up to 50 percent of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of a national historic site, has a budget of $20 million provided in part by Canada's Economic Action Plan. The program is part of the government's overall strategy to help create jobs, and provides opportunities for skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on historic places across the country.

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