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May 19, 2010 10:52 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at the Ermatinger House National Historic Site of Canada

Important national historic site in Sault Ste. Marie receives funding

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at the Ermatinger House National Historic Site of Canada, which is believed to be the oldest surviving house in northwestern Ontario.

"The Ermatinger House is of great historic value to the local community and it offers a wonderful opportunity to experience and learn from our heritage," said Minister Prentice. "History, heritage and tourism play an important role in our communities and the Government of Canada is helping to support local economies through the protection of these national treasures. This project will help the Ermatinger House continue to be a destination of choice for travelers."

Charles Ermatinger of the North West Company built the Ermatinger House between 1814 and 1823, when Sault Ste. Marie was still a small fur trading post. The house soon became the centre of the district's business and social life. Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $9,775 to support the conservation project of the Ermatinger House National Historic Site of Canada.

"The Sault Ste. Marie Historic Sites Board is thrilled that the Government of Canada is taking positive action with programs like the National Historic Site Cost-Sharing Program to assist smaller communities like ours to maintain and enhance national historic sites, such as the Ermatinger House National Historic Site. This funding will greatly enhance the Ermatinger Old Stone House, and its historical integrity, as we approach the 200th anniversary of the Ermatinger House," said Mrs. Judy McGonigal, Chair - Historic Sites Board. "The Historic Sites Board, on behalf of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, wishes to thank the Government of Canada, and is deeply grateful for this timely support."

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.

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

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary