OTTAWA, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is continuing to support communities in the preservation of the country's national historic sites. The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the Government's renewed commitment to Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program with the launch of a call for proposals under the program.
"Since 2009, our Government has funded a total of 132 projects across the country for the conservation of non-federally owned national historic sites," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Through these projects, we have injected $17.7 million into local communities, while recognizing the importance of conserving and presenting our history for future generations of Canadians."
Through this program, up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of a national historic site are reimbursed, up to a maximum of $100,000. For the year 2013-2014, 17 projects were funded throughout the country.
"The success of this unique program is the result of a strong and efficient partnership with local organizations," added Minister Aglukkaq. "I heartily invite owners of national historic sites across the country to submit their conservation proposals to help us collectively continue protecting and presenting Canada's history, while at the same time stimulating the economy and tourism, and developing local know-how."
Eligible recipients are non-profit organizations, aboriginal organizations and other levels of government that are owners or eligible lessees of national historic sites. The funded projects aim to address the most critical needs of the national historic sites such as stabilization, restoration and repairs to structures of national historic significance. Submissions must be received before Jan 27, 2014.
Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our country's treasured natural and historic places.
For additional information about the call for proposals and the descriptions of the 2013-14 projects, please see the backgrounders at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment