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Parks Canada

February 09, 2010 10:44 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Tourism Infrastructure at Woodside National Historic Site

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work in Ontario

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, today announced major investments in Woodside National Historic Site. This project is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The Government of Canada is working to preserve and protect our special places while continuing to invest for the economic future of Canada," said Mr. Braid. "This investment of up to $451,000 will ensure that this valued heritage site in Kitchener will be maintained for future generations while generating important economic benefits for our local community."

Woodside, the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, is open to groups and the general public from the May long weekend until December 23rd. The grounds are open year round and visitors can walk the 4.65 hectares (11.5 acres) of wooded grounds, gardens, and lawn. Funding from today's announcement provides for construction of a new exterior washroom and picnic shelter. It will also finance repair and resurfacing of the paved parking lot.

"The Government of Canada is committed to acting quickly and effectively to implement Canada's Economic Action Plan. This investment will enhance community infrastructure, create jobs and improve tourism facilities at Woodside National Historic Site " said Minister Prentice.

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. Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession by restoring confidence and supporting workers and families.

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, many skilled men and women in construction, tourism and conservation sectors will be hired in every province and territory of Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Southwestern Ontario Field Unit
    Scott Currie
    Communications Manager