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Parks Canada

August 04, 2006 11:13 ET

Parks Canada: Minister Ambrose Announces New Funding to Revitalize and Restore Seven Historic Commercial Properties

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 4, 2006) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that seven historic commercial properties will be rehabilitated, revitalized and put to new use with significant financial support from the federal government.

In the current round of funding, the owners of the buildings are collectively eligible to receive up to $3,460,974 from the Government of Canada through its Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund (CHPIF).

"Through this initiative, Canadian Corporations and the Government of Canada are taking actions to preserve and rehabilitate our nation's historic places, bring them back to life, and return them to commercial viability," said Minister Ambrose. "This fund supports the governments work to ensure Canada's cultural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future."

With the help of the CHPIF incentive funding, each property will be restored and put to a viable commercial or residential rental use.

The seven projects that met the criteria and pre-certification requirements to be eligible for CHPIF funding, and the amount of funding they could each receive, are the:

- McNaughton Building, Moosomin, Saskatchewan, commercial and
residential rental spaces, ($17,965);

- Former Brockville Post Office Building, Brockville, Ontario,
commercial and residential rental spaces, ($648,324);

- Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, continued use as a
public performance space ($161,940);

- Lougheed Block, Calgary, Alberta, combined office and retail spaces
($1 million);

- Former Union Bank Building/Annex, Winnipeg, Manitoba, commercial
office building and potential retail spaces, ($1 million);

- Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
commercial and residential rental spaces, ($186,845);

- Historic Properties, Halifax, Nova Scotia, commercial spaces ($409

CHPIF is part of the Historic Places Initiative, which has involved the federal, provincial and territorial governments working collaboratively to create new tools and support mechanisms for the preservation of Canada's heritage properties. These tools include the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, the Canadian Register of Historic Places and the CHPIF certification program. Details of the initiative are posted on Parks Canada's Web site at

To be eligible to receive CHPIF funding, a corporation must own or hold a long-term lease on the historic property being considered for rehabilitation, and the property must be listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. The corporation must also agree to respect the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and to meet the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. All proposed projects must be pre-certified by a Certification Service Provider accredited by Parks Canada to be approved for funding.

Prior to the actual transfer of funds, restoration projects will be given a final inspection by a Parks Canada certification agent to ensure they have fully met the eligibility conditions for CHPIF funding - in particular the requirement to respect the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

Through CHPIF, the Government of Canada is working with taxable Canadian corporations to reverse a trend that has resulted in 20 per cent of the country's historic properties and archaeological resources being lost over the past 30 years. Taxable Canadian corporations can apply to the fund to be reimbursed for 20 per cent of their eligible costs to rehabilitate a historic property for commercial use, up to a maximum of $1 million. For more information, contact (819) 934-2818.

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Contact Information

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