Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 16:38 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in Outaouais, Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today federal government support for a project in Outaouais, Quebec to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Municipality of Montebello will receive funding for the restoration of Talbot-Papineau Memorial. Restoration plans include the reinstallation of original stonework and the application of a protective coating to the joints and stonework.

"Memorials are more than structures of stone and mortar," said Minister Thompson. "They represent sacrifice and honour. They provide community members with a place to gather in recognition of those who served on their behalf. Most importantly, they carry on the importance of remembrance for future generations."

"This memorial was built by the community, for the community," said Minister Cannon. "It's their way of honouring Veterans and, with the help of these funds, they can continue that honour."

The Government of Canada is providing more than $197,760 to 19 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups and other organizations interested in restoring local memorials may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the project in Outaouais, Quebec. Visit the Web site or call 1-877-604-8489 to learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649