TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadians will continue to have access to
a comprehensive, national, historical online dictionary thanks to
support from the Government of Canada. Funding was announced today at
the University of Toronto by Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary to
the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (Oak
Ridges-Markham), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online provides users with reliable, easily readable accounts of the lives and
times of the individuals who contributed to Canada's history, and
currently includes over 8,400 biographies in French and English,
covering Canadian history from 1000 to 1930.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
important projects like the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online,"
said Minister Moore. "By supporting this online tool, our Government is
delivering on its commitment to strengthen our communities and ensure
our history is understood and appreciated by Canadians for generations
"I am pleased that our Government continues to support such a useful
resource for students, teachers and anyone else hoping to enhance their
knowledge about Canada and its history," said Parliamentary Secretary
Calandra. "With this tool, Canadians are simply a few clicks away from
learning more about our country's heroes and the way they have helped
shape today's Canada."
"We are thrilled that the Government of Canada is showing continued
support for this most worthy resource, led by researchers at the
University of Toronto and Université Laval," said University of Toronto
President David Naylor. "This free, highly accessible, and
authoritative dictionary reaches beyond academia to the broader
Canadian public, forming the basis for ongoing dialogue around our
shared history and experiences."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $3 million over 3 years
through the Canadian Studies Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program encourages
Canadians to gain a better understanding of their country, its history,
stories, people and systems of Government.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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