Parks Canada

Parks Canada

November 08, 2011 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helping to Preserve Local History and Culture at Fredericton City Hall National Historic Site of Canada

Parks Canada grants up to $425,000 for infrastructure improvements at site

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at Fredericton City Hall National Historic Site of Canada.

"Our Government is proud to play a leadership role in the protection of Canada's heritage buildings such as Fredericton City Hall," said Minister Ashfield. "We recognize just how important history, heritage and tourism are, and the valuable role that our Cost-Sharing Program plays in enhancing economic and cultural benefits for the Atlantic Region."

Fredericton City Hall, built in 1875-1876, is prominently located in downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. Designated a national historic site in 1984, it is the oldest municipal hall in Atlantic Canada still used for civic administration and a grand example of the Second Empire style, frequently used for public buildings in the 19th century. The building continues to be used as municipal offices and council chambers, although it once also contained an upper-storey 810-seat auditorium known as the Opera House, a police station and jail, and a market in its basement.

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $425,000 to support conservation work on the building's masonry and windows, and the preparation of a conservation plan.

"One of our Government's major objectives is to inspire Canadians to develop strong and meaningful connections with Canada's national treasures," said Minister Kent. "Our national historic sites are vital to our history, our identity as Canadians, and our tourism industry. By investing in these sites and by building lasting relationships with the community groups that operate them, we ensure that they will continue to help support local economies and encourage more Canadians to explore and discover our national heritage."

"The people of Fredericton fondly consider Fredericton City Hall as one of the great icons of our city and we are extremely pleased with the Government of Canada's contribution to help us preserve this wonderful national historic site for present and future generations," commented His Worship Brad Woodside, Mayor of Fredericton.

The Cost-Sharing Program reflects Parks Canada's dedication to protect Canada's heritage through funding towards the conservation of national historic sites. In this centennial year, Parks Canada is pleased to continue its efforts to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of the Environment

    Media Relations
    Parks Canada