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April 16, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Key Tourism and Heritage Infrastructure in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada

Canada's Economic Action Plan supports tourism in Mingan

HAVRE-SAINT-PIERRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, today announced an important investment in visitor infrastructure in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada. The announcement is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession," said Mr. Gourde. "These projects will enhance the service offer in the region while preserving the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Mingan Islands, which will help strengthen tourism."

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $75 million for improvements to visitor facilities in Canada's national parks and national historic sites over the next two years and another $75 million for the protection of national historic sites during the same time period. Of these amounts, $1.5 million will be invested in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada.

Among the projects that will be funded through Canada's Economic Action Plan is the investment of $900,000 to refurbish the Petite ile au Marteau and Ile aux Perroquets lighthouse stations. The investment will restore infrastructure so that these lighthouses can be given a new life. Visitors will be able to enjoy unique experiences at these sites, where accommodation, meals and activities will be offered. In addition, a further $600,000 will be invested to expand wharves, alter trails and improve other infrastructure in order to welcome cruise ship visitors.

"The Government of Canada is determined to move ahead with Canada's Economic Action Plan quickly and efficiently," said Minister Prentice. "This investment in tourism infrastructure in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada will help to preserve and enhance this unique place while allowing visitors to enjoy unique experiences. The local population will also benefit from the economic impact of this investment."

Tourism represents a significant economic opportunity for Canada and, for this reason, has been targeted in Canada's Economic Action Plan. In 2007, the tourism sector contributed approximately $28.6 billion to the Canadian economy and employed 653,400 Canadians. As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government is taking immediate action and investing in infrastructure. This is a targeted plan that will create and maintain jobs for today and tomorrow.

Created in 1984, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada comprises a 152-kilometre stretch of islands and islets. The park's unique flora, diverse birdlife and spectacular rock formations make it a world-class tourism product and a destination of choice for nature lovers, sailors and history buffs.

These sites are part of the Parks Canada network of national parks and national historic sites in Quebec, which provide visitors with exceptional heritage experiences.

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