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July 01, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the Completion of Tourism Infrastructure Projects at Fort Malden National Historic Site

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

AMHERSTBURG, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 1, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, today announced the completion of tourism infrastructure projects at Fort Malden National Historic Site. These infrastructure projects were funded by Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"I am pleased to see Canada's Economic Action Plan funding play a vital role in enhancing the visitor experience at Fort Malden", said Mr. Watson. "The recent investment of over $900,000 ensures that the historical significance of one of Canada's premiere sites in the War of 1812 will be experienced by future generations of visitors."

In preparation of the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration, projects have been completed that enhance the visitor experience at Fort Malden. The museum has been completely renovated to highlight the heritage character of the building and new exhibits have been developed to display Fort Malden's amazing collection of authentic artefacts of the War of 1812. To strengthen the Fort's connection to the community and the historic downtown core, a partial palisade has been built along the historic line. This addition has created an accessible waterfront pathway for visitors and residents to experience the magnificent Detroit riverfront, while providing a strong visual cue of Fort Malden's military heritage.

"Our Government is a leader in the protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites and recognizes just how important these places are to the tourism economy", said Minister Kent. "The investments celebrated today improve tourism infrastructure and will generate important economic benefits for the region during the commemoration of the War of 1812 bicentennial."

Tourism represents a significant economic opportunity for Canada and, for this reason, was targeted in Canada's Economic Action Plan. In 2007, the tourism sector contributed approximately $28.6 billion to the Canadian economy and employed 653,400 Canadians. Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments, many skilled men and women in construction, tourism and conservation sectors were hired in every province and territory of Canada.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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