Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 07, 2010 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration of the Georgian College Cenotaph in Barrie, Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable James Michael Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced today up to $25,000 in federal government support for a project in Barrie, Ontario to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"By restoring monuments and cenotaphs across the country, we are ensuring that all Canadians have beautiful places to pay homage to the men and women who have fought for our freedom," said Minister Blackburn. "Communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast will be able to enjoy these areas of remembrance for years to come."

The Georgian College Cenotaph honours all Canadians who have given their lives in the cause of peace.

"It's great to see institutions like Georgian College taking the lead in a restoration project like this," said Minister Flaherty. "Learning and understanding are the first steps in remembrance for younger generations. I would like to thank Georgian College for doing its part in keeping the memory of our Veterans alive." 

This is one of eleven community-led projects receiving a total of $110,120 announced this month by the Government of Canada through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. 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.

Please visit for a backgrounder on this project. To learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding, you can visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252