Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

January 16, 2011 13:15 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding for the Malvern Collegiate Institute World War I Memorial

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, announced today up to $14,000 in federal government support for a restoration project in Toronto, Ontario to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It is our sacred duty to remember and honour the brave men and women in uniform who serve Canada so selflessly. Our Veterans have fought for our freedoms and these cenotaphs are symbols of their accomplishments," said Minister Blackburn. "It is gratifying to know that younger generations have special places like these to reflect on our country's history."

The Toronto District School Board will receive funding to restore the Malvern Collegiate Institute World War I Memorial. This monument was erected in 1922 in memory of those from the Institute who laid down their lives in the Great War. Planned restoration work includes re-attaching the statue's missing hand and replacing the missing sword. The cracked concrete footing and missing mortar will also be replaced. 

"I commend the Toronto District School Board for its efforts in preserving the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," said Minister Kent. "Supporting memorial restoration projects is one way the Government of Canada ensures our Veterans are remembered."

Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups and other organizations interested in restoring local memorials may be eligible for funding through this program or through the new Community War Memorial Program that provides funding to build new memorials or to make additions to existing ones. 

Please visit veterans.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Cenotaph/ Monument Restoration Program and the Community War Memorial Program or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Vincent Caron
    Special Assistant, Policy and Communication
    613-995-5786
    Cell: 613-240-9028