Parks Canada

Parks Canada

October 16, 2005 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada to Support Innovative Project to Revitalize the Historic Welland Mills

THOROLD, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 16, 2005) - On behalf of the Honourable Stephane Dion, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. John Maloney, Member of Parliament for Welland, today announced the signing of a contribution agreement that commits the federal government to provide up to $287,100 toward a project to convert the historic Welland Mills into a blended commercial/residential building.

The federal funding, to be provided through the Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund (CHPIF), will help to ensure that the characteristic historic and architectural features of Welland Mills are preserved in the rehabilitated building.

"Welland Mills has been a part of the Thorold landscape for more than 150 years," said Minister Dion. "This funding will help to preserve this important piece of Canada's heritage, and contribute to the economic health of the community, while ensuring that future generations get to know and experience this unique building that has been so influential in the city's history."

"Thanks to the building owners and their partners, Welland Mills will be brought back to a constructive life," said Mr. Maloney. "Through this funding, the Government of Canada supports the revitalization of Thorold's downtown core, thus reaffirming its commitment to our built heritage and the well-being of our community."

Built in 1846 by Jacob Keefer, Welland Mills is an example of one of Upper Canada's largest flourmills. It is the only remaining structure of the three original mills that formed Maple Leaf Mills, now Maple Leaf Foods. During its peak operation, the mills produced approximately 300 barrels of flour per day. Welland Mills is also an excellent example of the neo-classical vernacular style used in industrial architecture.

The mill has been vacant for several years, following the closure of the Thorold Gallaher Paper Company in 1999. The present owner of the site, 2009104 Ontario Inc., plans to rehabilitate the building to include 12 residential units and eight commercial units. This will enhance the vitality of the area and is part of the Thorold City Core Revitalization.

CHPIF is a $30-million national program launched by the federal government in November 2003 as part of the Historic Places Initiative - a federal, provincial and territorial partnership to preserve Canada's built heritage. Taxable Canadian corporations can apply to the fund to be reimbursed for 20 per cent of the eligible costs they incur to rehabilitate a historic property for commercial use, up to a maximum of $1 million.

Prior to the actual transfer of funds, completed projects must be inspected by a certification service provider to ensure they have fully met the eligibility conditions for CHPIF funding.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Brigitte Caron
    Press Secretary
    (819) 997-1441
    Parks Canada Agency
    Nicole Racette
    National Director, National Corporate Communications Branch
    (819) 953-6782