Parks Canada

Parks Canada

May 30, 2006 12:04 ET

Parks Canada Announces Funding for Cooperating Associations Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 30, 2006) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that Parks Canada will contribute $145,496 to its Cooperating Associations Program in 2006-2007. Fifteen associations will receive funding to undertake projects ranging from developing sales outlets, creating publications, developing web sites and offering numerous other activities and services.

"Cooperative associations are playing a key role in raising awareness among Canadians about the protection of natural and cultural resources in Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas," said Minister Ambrose. "They provide a vehicle for the public to be directly involved in heritage conservation, and help Canadians understand and appreciate our shared heritage."

Cooperating associations are non-profit charitable organizations whose activities complement national park and/or national historic site themes. These "friends" organizations run gift shops and other retail operations within national parks and national historic sites, organize historical re-enactments and festivals, develop publications that educate the public on ecological and cultural elements within parks and sites, administer restoration projects, and more.

The revenues generated by the friends in sales outlets and through the various programs and special events they organize enable them to employ staff and to engage well-trained, highly motivated volunteers who assist parks and sites in carrying out their mandate. A portion of these revenues are typically directed back to the parks and sites. As non-profit organizations, the friends can use the government grants they receive to hire staff, and can also accept donations for parks/site projects from the private sector.

Parks Canada's Cooperating Associations Program was established in 1981. There are currently 55 cooperating associations in the program, working with national parks and national historic sites in every province. Together, these associations annually generate revenue that supports park or site operations, and provide approximately 60,000 hours of volunteer effort which supports their ongoing contribution to Canada's national parks and national historic sites.

BACKGROUNDER

COOPERATING ASSOCIATIONS PROGRAM

Parks Canada's Cooperating Associations Program was established in 1981. There are currently 55 cooperating associations working with national parks and national historic sites in every province. Using Parks Canada facilities, often under a lease arrangement, the cooperating associations annually generate an estimated $10 million in revenue and provide approximately 60,000 hours of volunteer effort.

The following 15 associations are being recommended to receive funding in 2006-2007:



1. NOVA SCOTIA: Friends of Keji Co-operating Association.
Recommended contribution: $17,000.
To produce a "coffee table" book on the park.

2. NEW BRUNSWICK: Friends of Beaubears Island Inc.
Recommended contribution: $16,620.
To pay for administrative items, hire a boutique manager and
develop various new products.

3. QUEBEC: Les Amis du canal de Chambly.
Recommended contribution: $500.
To purchase new products.

4. QUEBEC: Les Compagnons du lieu historique national du Canada
Louis-S.-St-Laurent.
Recommended contribution: $1,155.
To assist with the delivery of two new services.

5. QUEBEC: Les Amis du canal de Saint-Ours.
Recommended contribution: $3,100.
To support the purchase of inventory and the development of a
new product.

6. QUEBEC: Les Amis du Patrimoine du Long-Sault.
Recommended contribution: $3,395.
To support the development of a food service operation.

7. ONTARIO: Friends of the Bruce District Parks.
Recommended contribution: $43,625.
To pay for administrative items, hire a retail store manager,
purchase inventory and develop various new products.

8. ONTARIO: Friends of H.M.C.S. HAIDA.
Recommended contribution: $5,098.
To support various administrative expenses and purchase
inventory.

9. ONTARIO: The Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee.
Recommended contribution: $6,350.
To support various administrative expenses and hire archival
research staff.

10. ONTARIO: Friends of Windmill Point.
Recommended contribution: $2,000
To support the purchase of insurance and shop inventory.

11. MANITOBA: Friends of Riding Mountain National Park Inc.
Recommended Contribution: $10,000.
To fund the establishment of a new sales outlet.

12. SASKATCHEWAN: Battle River Settlement Foundation Inc.
Recommended contribution: $6,571.
To fund various new services.

13. SASKATCHEWAN: Friends of Batoche Historic Site Inc.
Recommended contribution: $19,700.
To pay for various administrative items, hire staff, purchase
inventory and develop new products.

14. SASKATCHEWAN: Friends of Prince Albert National Park
Recommended contribution: $4,882.
To develop park related images.

15. ALBERTA: The Association of Friends of Rocky Mountain House
National Historic Site
Recommended contribution: $5,500
To research a new product and to develop a web site.



Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under What's new.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Ryan Sparrow
    Associate Director of Communications
    (819) 997-1441
    or
    Parks Canada
    Josianne Jalbert
    Media Relations Officer
    (819) 994-3023