Parks Canada to work with stakeholders to identify long term
sustainability solutions for the historic canals
OTTAWA, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's
Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today
announced that recreational lockage fees along Canada's historic canals
will remain frozen for the next three years at 2008 levels.
"Since the beginning of our consultation process on canal fees, we have
been committed to listening and acting in the best interests of the
residents who live, work and visit our canals," said Minister Kent. "We
recognize the importance of canals to Canada's heritage, the tourism
industry and the thousands of people who use them each year. That is
why following consultations with Government Members of Caucus who live
along the canals, I am pleased to announce that Parks Canada will
freeze lockage fees for three years."
"During this time, Parks Canada and I will work with local Members of
Parliament, community leaders and the tourism industry to develop and
implement an improved operating model to ensure the long term financial
sustainability of the canals operations. These long term solutions will
need to address all aspects of the canals operations."
As part of the long-term financial sustainability of the canals
operations, Parks Canada is already considering new visitor
opportunities that will benefit a broad range of canals users, and
create new sources of revenue, all while maintaining support for our
tourism operators and industry.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Parks Canada 819-953-8371