Harper Government Proud to Support Canada's History

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 to come."

"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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