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Parks Canada

February 04, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Tourism Infrastructure at the Black Rapids Lockstation on the Rideau Canal

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

MANOTICK, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, today announced major investments at the Black Rapids Lockstation on the Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada. This project is being delivered through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"This investment of up to $1.1 million at the Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada will not only help preserve and improve this treasured place, it will also provide local construction jobs and economic activity and help to encourage tourism at this UNESCO World Heritage Site," said Minister Prentice.

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments in national parks and national historic sites, many skilled men and women in construction, tourism and conservation sectors, will be hired in every province and territory of Canada.

Today's announced funding will be used in the recapitalization of the Black Rapids Lockstation. Parks Canada will be using this investment at Black Rapids to replace original timber lock gates dating from 1969 which are in a state of decay, repair masonry lock walls and upgrade the original hydraulic system for operating the lock to improve reliability and public safety. These improvements will benefit the site for years to come, improving the safety of the structures, providing local jobs and encouraging economic activity that will ultimately lead to the enjoyment of future visitors to the site.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan will stimulate economic growth within our communities while ensuring tangible benefits for visitors to national parks and national historic sites for many years to come," said Minister Prentice. "The projects announced today will help to enhance visitor infrastructures, create jobs and economic activity right away, and help conserve the Rideau Canal, a key element of our national heritage, and a strong asset for the Canadian tourism industry."

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 main plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession, the Government of Canada is delivering immediate action through a targeted plan that will create and maintain jobs for today and tomorrow.

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Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Don Marrin
    Superintendent, Eastern Ontario Field Unit
    613-283-7199 ext. 235