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March 19, 2009 16:00 ET

Cost-Sharing Program: The Government of Canada Takes Concrete Measures to Upgrade National Historic Sites of Canada

Canada's Economic Action Plan helps protect the country's built heritage across the country

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2009) - Mr. Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest in the National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program. Today's announcement follows the commitment in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2009 to upgrade national historic sites as a means of stimulating growth in the tourism sector.

"Canadians are proud of their historic places and want them to be protected and presented to current and future generations," said Minister Prentice. "In its recent Economic Action Plan, our government recognizes the importance of Canada's cultural heritage and tourism sectors as means for stimulating growth across Canada. The renewed Cost-Sharing Program will help support the local economy while helping preserve and improve the Canada's irreplaceable 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 renewal of 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 in the built heritage sector by providing funding for conservation of National Historic Sites. This Program will provide opportunities for many skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on historic places in every province and territory in Canada in the months to come.

"The Government of Canada has made a targeted investment in National Historic Sites because these special places play in stimulating growth in tourism," said Mr. Warawa. "This funding will help owners of national historic sites provide a destination of choice for travellers from around the world."

The National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program is a contribution program providing up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of a national historic site. The costs are paid by the program in the form of reimbursements to the site owner. A recipient can be eligible to receive a maximum of $1,000,000 depending on the extent of conservation work and specific terms and conditions of a signed contributions agreement. Eligible recipients are 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. Through a network of 42 national parks, 158 national historic sites, and three national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

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