Government of Canada invests in heritage infrastructure at Rosamond Woollen Mill



    
    Canada's Economic Action Plan helps protect built heritage across the
    country
    

    ALMONTE, ON, Aug. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honorable Jim
Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, Mr. Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State, Chief Government Whip, and
Member of Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, announced today that the
Government of Canada is providing infrastructure funding to Rosamond Woollen
Mill National Historic Site of Canada. Today's announcement is part of
Canada's Economic Action Plan to upgrade national historic sites as a means of
stimulating growth in the tourism sector.
    "This project will help Rosamond Woollen Mill provide a destination of
choice for travellers from around the world," said Minister Prentice. "In our
Economic Action Plan, we recognize how important cultural heritage and tourism
are to the economy, and the important role that our Cost-Sharing Program will
play in support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of Canadian
history."
    Through the National Cost-Sharing Project, the Government of Canada is
contributing $36,098 to support the conservation project at the Rosamond
Woollen Mill.
    "Ontario plays host to many spectacular natural landscapes and
interesting historic treasures," said MP O'Connor. "The Rosamond Woollen Mill
is of great historic value to the local community and it offers a wonderful
opportunity to experience and learn from our diverse heritage."
    "The funding will allow us to institute climate control for our artefact
collection and allow us to open our building year round, so we can expand our
contemporary and historical textile exhibits and educational programming,"
declared Mr. Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Curator of the Mississippi Valley
Textile Museum housed in Rosamond Woollen Mill.
    National Historic Sites contribute to tourism in over 400 communities
across Canada through direct spending, visitor spending and spin-off economic
activity. The Cost-Sharing Program, with a budget of $20 million provided in
part by Canada's Economic Action Plan, reflects the government's desire to
support job creation in the built heritage sector by providing funding for
conservation of National Historic Sites. This Program provides opportunities
for many skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on
historic places across the country.
    The National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program is a
contribution program whereby up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the
conservation and presentation of a national historic site are paid by the
Program. Eligible recipients include other levels of government,
not-for-profit organizations and not-for-profit aboriginal organizations.
    Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage
is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of
all Canadians, today and in the future.

    (Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media room.)




For further information:

For further information: Frédéric Baril, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Media Relations: Parks Canada,
(819) 994-3023


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