Government of Canada creates jobs with investments to Rideau Canal and Laurier House National Historic Sites of Canada

    Canada's Economic Action Plan supports local economy, tourism

    OTTAWA, May 15 /CNW Telbec/ - John Baird, Canada's Transport and
Infrastructure Minister, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's
Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced
today a major federal investment in visitor infrastructure at the Rideau Canal
and Laurier House National Historic Sites of Canada. The announcement is part
of Canada's Economic Action Plan.
    "Every year, Rideau Canal tourism brings hundreds of thousands of dollars
to our local economy, and we want to make sure that attractions like the canal
and Laurier House are well-maintained," said Minister Baird. "Today's
announcement will create local jobs, and attract tourists to Ottawa who will
in turn boost our regional economy."
    Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $75 million for improvements to
visitor facilities in Canada's national parks and national historic sites over
the next two years and another $75 million for the protection of national
historic sites during the same time period.
    The Rideau Canal, an important symbol of Canada's history, and Ontario's
only UNESCO World Heritage Site, will receive a $2 million dollars investment
for the reconstruction of the canal walls along the Ottawa sector of the
historic waterway, from Ottawa Locks to Dow's Lake. This work is necessary to
preserve the Rideau Canal and will help ensure public safety of visitors.
    Laurier House, a site that has been home to two Canadian Prime Ministers
for over 50 years, will receive a $600,000 investment in new visitor
facilities. These will improve visitor experience and services at the site.
    Tourism represents a significant economic opportunity for Canada and, for
this reason, has been targeted in Canada's Economic Action Plan. In 2007, the
tourism sector contributed approximately $28.6 billion to the Canadian economy
and employed 653,400 Canadians. As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the
Government is delivering immediate action and investments in infrastructure.
This is a targeted plan that will create and maintain jobs for today and

For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Canada's
Transport and Infrastructure Minister, (613) 991-0700; Elizabeth Pilon,
Communications Manager, Eastern Ontario Field Unit, Parks Canada, (613)
283-7199 x 266

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