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Parks Canada

March 31, 2010 14:29 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Promotion of the Saint-Laurent Boulevard Historic District Heritage

The Main, still in its day

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the granting of a subsidy to the Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, an organization devoted to promoting the Saint-Laurent Boulevard historic district.

"I am proud to announce a financial contribution of $10,000 to enable the Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and its partners to communicate the history and heritage values of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, better known as The Main," said Minister Prentice.

A magical and cosmopolitan corridor, Saint-Laurent Boulevard has played a key role in the emergence and development of the country's cultural communities. In 1998, on recommendation from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Saint-Laurent Boulevard was designated as being of national historic significance. Still today, this corridor resembles a kaleidoscope of neighbourhoods with areas such as Chinatown, the Jewish and Portuguese quarters, and Little Italy. Parks Canada is supporting the Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard in their project which aims to showcase the occupants' lives and activities in a place of historical interest.

"I am happy to encourage this community's initiative. It will help Canadians discover The Main's significant role in the emergence and development of the country's cultural communities," added Minister Prentice. "This project will promote their history and the district's cosmopolitan character, continually renewed with a mixture of cultures and architecture styles." 

"This grant allows us to share all sorts of fascinating information about The Main's rich layers of history, and to increase awareness, among Montrealers and tourists alike, of the people representing several cultural communities, different industries and small businesses, and a host of artistic endeavours that have contributed to its unique and ever-changing character over the last century," said Ms. Susan Bronson, President of The Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office, Environment Canada
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada - Quebec
    Melissa Larose
    Communications Advisor