Parks Canada

Parks Canada

February 20, 2008 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Moves Forward on National Trust Initiative

Parliamentary Secretary Hosts National Roundtable on Preserving Canada's Historical Heritage

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - On behalf of Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, Parliamentary Secretary Mark Warawa will be hosting a two-day roundtable on Canada's new National Trust, from February 20-21, 2008. Mr. Warawa will be meeting with key stakeholders to develop a model for the National Trust, an entity that will protect lands, buildings and Canada's historic heritage.

"Our Government understands the importance of protecting Canada's historic heritage. That's why in Budget 2007, we committed $5 million to help protect our historic places and national treasures," said Mr. Warawa. "Today, I am pleased to welcome the broad group of stakeholders and experts who traveled from all across Canada, from the United Kingdom and the United States, to offer their knowledge and expertise. These events are part of following through on our Government's commitment to help protect our historic heritage."

Building on the successful model of the National Trust in the United Kingdom, Budget 2007 provides $5 million over two years for the establishment of a new entity, Canada's National Trust. The Trust will be able to receive donations and contributions to ensure its long-term sustainability. It will be managed and directed by private-sector individuals, and will be at arm's length from the Government.

Parks Canada ensures the protection of Canada's historic resources and makes sure that they are presented in a sustainable fashion. This dual objective goes hand in hand with the Agency's goal to increase the public's awareness and appreciation of national historic sites of Canada and to further engage Canadians in the protection and presentation of these sites for the benefit of future generations.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Eric Richer
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Parks Canada
    Joanne Huppe
    Media Relations
    National Corporate Communications Branch
    819-953-8699 / 613-799-6269