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November 16, 2011 11:16 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Preservation of Local History and Culture at John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada

Parks Canada announces contribution for infrastructure improvements at site

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at the John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

"One of our Government's major objectives is to inspire Canadians to develop strong and meaningful connections with Canada's national treasures," said Minister Kent. "Our national historic sites are vital to our history, our identity as Canadians, and our tourism industry. By investing in them and by building lasting relationships with the community groups that operate them, we ensure that they will continue to help support local economies and encourage more Canadians to explore and discover our national heritage."

The John R. Booth Residence, a fine example of Queen Anne Revival architecture, was constructed in 1909 for prominent lumber baron John R. Booth and designated a national historic site in 1990. This luxurious house was one of the city's most admired residences in its times and retains many of its original features and finishes. Trinity Western University acquired the site in 2001 to establish a base for educational programs in Ottawa and subsequently opened the Laurentian Leadership Centre in 2002.

"The John R. Booth Residence is as impressive today as it was 100 years ago when Mr. Booth built this sumptuous house for him and his family," said Mr. Galipeau. "This meticulously preserved national historic site is a tangible symbol of our common heritage and offers to Canadians a glimpse of an earlier time in Canadian history."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $12,750 to support conservation work on two chimneys that are in danger of collapsing. It will also fund repairs to one of the brick walls of the building.

"This grant will allow us to make much needed repairs to chimneys and features that suffered damage from last summer's earthquake," said Ms. Janet Epp Buckingham, Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre. "It helps us to maintain this important historic building in good condition for many years to come."

The Cost-Sharing Program reflects Parks Canada's dedication to protect Canada's heritage through funding towards the conservation of our national historic sites. In this centennial year, Parks Canada is pleased to continue its efforts to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at under Media Room.

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    Office of the Minister of the Environment

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    Parks Canada