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March 17, 2009 14:24 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Upgrades to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Canada's Economic Action Plan supports recreational and heritage infrastructure project in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced an investment in the repair of recreational infrastructure at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada.

The event took place at the Maison des Eclusiers in the Old Port of Montreal in the presence of the mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay. The work is part of the federal government's support for businesses and communities, a key element 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 Minister Prentice. "Our support for infrastructure repair work along this recreational and heritage corridor will help support the local economy while helping preserve and improve the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada."

The $10 million dollar planned infrastructure project confirms the Government of Canada's commitment to the development of greater Montreal. Repairs will include erosion controls along the banks of the canal, repairs to the multipurpose path, and enhancements to lighting, service areas and urban furniture. The work will be concentrated in the following sectors: the Old Port, Atwater to Peel Basin, and Old Lachine.

"This work will afford visitors a first-class experience. The investments will also foster job creation in the short term," said the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Christian Paradis.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada is one of Parks Canada's busiest, with more than one million visits a year. The Canal played a decisive role in Canada's industrial development in the mid-nineteenth century. It is considered one of our country's main historical manufacturing centres.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Attache
    Parks Canada - Quebec
    Melissa Larose
    Communications Advisor