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October 20, 2010 16:11 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at the Erskine and American United Church and the Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal National Historic Sites of Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at Erskine and American United Church and Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal National Historic Sites of Canada.

"Montréal proudly offers a wide variety of experiences and historic treasures to its residents and visitors," said Minister Prentice. "Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and the Erskine and American United Church are two remarkable monuments of great historic value and I am delighted that our Government, through this investment, is helping to preserve these unique places for years to come."

Through Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, the government will contribute up to $425,000 to support restoration work at the Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and up to $100 000 for repairs at the Erskine and American United Church.

"This project will help the Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and the Erskine and American United Church be destinations of choice for travelers from all around the world," said Minister Prentice. "In our Economic Action Plan, our Government recognizes the importance of tourism and cultural heritage for the economy, as well as the role that the Cost-Sharing Program plays in supporting local economies and preserving the fabric of Canada's history. "

"Parks Canada's support comes at a timely moment in the restoration of the building's envelope, a project started at the Saint Joseph's Oratory in 2005," said Administration and Resources Vice Rector, Father Louis Trempe CSC. "We are pleased to receive this support and proud to share Saint Brother André's legacy with all Canadians."

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 www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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