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September 01, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Huron County Gaol National Historic Site of Canada

GODERICH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at Huron County Gaol National Historic Site of Canada.

"The Huron County Gaol is rich in history and very important to the residents in the county," said Mr. Lobb. "I am pleased to say that improvements to the Huron County Gaol will not only help to preserve this unique heritage landmark, but also serve to bring economic benefits to the community during the renovation process." 

Through Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $313,188 to support masonry repairs, boiler replacement, roof replacement, window upgrades and fire alarm installation at the Huron County Gaol.

"Our government recognizes the importance of stimulating growth through key infrastructure investments," said Minister Prentice. "We are pleased to be investing in the Huron County Gaol National Historic Site as a way of simultaneously preserving our historical heritage while promoting the economy with investments that create local jobs."

"The Huron Historic Gaol is Huron County's only national historic site. It is particularly fitting that this investment from both the Government of Canada and the County of Huron takes place during our 35th anniversary of the Gaol as a national historic site," said Bert Dykstra, Warden of Huron County. "It will help preserve the Gaol for many years to come so it can continue to tell Huron County's story."

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. This program provides opportunities for skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on national historic sites across the country.

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