Parks Canada

Parks Canada

May 16, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at University College and Heliconian Hall National Historic Sites of Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing in infrastructure improvements to sites of historical academic and artistic importance. The investment will help make improvements to University College National Historic Site, one of Canada's oldest collegiate buildings in Canada and the founding college of the University of Toronto, and to the Heliconian Hall National Historic Site of Canada, the meeting location of the Heliconian club, which was a club established in 1909 to give women from a variety of artistic discipline an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually.

"Our government recognizes the importance of stimulating growth through key infrastructure investments," said Minister Prentice. "We are pleased to be investing in University College and Heliconian Hall National Historic Sites of Canada as a way of simultaneously preserving our historical heritage while promoting the economy with investments that create local jobs."

Through the National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $425,000 to support repairs of University College's roof systems and exterior stone walls and up to $48,716 for conservation projects at the Heliconian Hall.

"University College and Heliconian Hall are rich in history and very important to Torontonians," added Minister Prentice. "These conservation projects will help ensure that these two national historic sites remain living legacies to be enjoyed by Canadians for generations to come."

"This investment by the Government of Canada will help to preserve both the University of Toronto's rich history and a significant part of Canada's post-secondary legacy." said David Naylor, President, University of Toronto. "Having walked through the halls and gardens of University College as a student myself, I appreciate that our government partners are investing not just in historic buildings but also in the education, experience, and memories of future generations of students."

"I would like to thank Minister Prentice for this opportunity to preserve our beloved building," added Jennifer Carroll, President of the Toronto Heliconian Club. "This venue is vital to the survival of our assorted concerts, art exhibitions, literary lectures, and community out-reach programmes that enrich the larger Toronto community."

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.

Contact Information

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