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October 06, 2010 09:49 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Bank of New Brunswick Building

Distinct Beaux-Arts style building part of vibrant Saint John city centre

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements to the Bank of New Brunswick Building. The Bank of New Brunswick Building is part of a unique group of buildings in downtown Saint John, collectively known as the Prince William Streetscape National Historic Site of Canada, which exemplifies the Beaux-Arts architectural style dating from the late 19th century.

"As a part of Saint John's vibrant downtown core, the Prince William Street National Historic Site of Canada is a very important part of the merchant and trading heritage of this port city," said Mr. Weston. "The Government of Canada is proud to invest in this historic site where tangible tourism and cultural benefits are present." 

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $41,600 for improvements to the facade of the Bank of New Brunswick Building.

"Our Government recognizes just how important history, heritage and tourism are to the economy, and the important role that our Cost-Sharing Program plays in support of our national historic sites," said Minister Prentice. "We have made the protection of Canada's heritage buildings and sites a priority."

"This contribution from Parks Canada will help our non-profit organization restore a part of the building that serves as a gathering place for Saint John's francophone community," said Michel Côté, Executive Director of the Association régionale de la Communauté francophone de Saint-Jean inc. "The restoration of our building will certainly contribute to the visual appeal of this touristic area." The mandate of the association is to provide francophones in Saint John a harmonious, quality environment.

Parks Canada's 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 by providing funding for conservation of national historic sites.

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