Province Develops Plans for War of 1812 Bicentennial

    McGuinty Government Helps Communities Plan For Bicentennial Opportunity

    TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is a huge
opportunity for Ontario's tourism industry, said Tourism Minister Peter
Fonseca at the War of 1812 Bicentennial Provincial Symposium in Toronto today.
    Fonseca announced that the province will provide the regions of Niagara,
Toronto, Windsor/Chatham, 1000 Islands, Georgian Bay and Sault Ste. Marie with
$8,000 each to help develop plans to commemorate the War of 1812.
    Fonseca also named Tourism Parliamentary Assistant Jim Brownell, MPP for
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, as the Ontario government lead for War of
1812 Bicentennial efforts.

    Efforts in some communities are already underway:
    -   Sault Ste Marie region is working in collaboration with its Michigan
    -   Toronto has a coordinator to oversee its War of 1812 commemorations
    -   The Niagara region has a website promoting its plans -

    "The Bicentennial is a terrific opportunity for Ontarians to remember the
contributions that were made in the building of this province and to celebrate
a 200 year legacy of peace along the world's longest, undefended border.
Furthermore, the celebrations will stimulate downtown and the waterfront
revitalization projects and otherwise strengthen residents' pride in their
communities," said Fonseca.
    "This is a tremendous opportunity for Ontarians to share their history and
celebrate their historic local heroes. Municipal governments, museums, history
societies, historical re-enactment associations and others must work together
so that Ontarians may all share in the Bicentennial benefits. The key to
success is close collaboration," said Brownell.
    Tourism contributes over $20 billion annually to Ontario's economy and
accounts for more than 300,000 direct and indirect jobs. Ontario's cultural
tourism generates more than $4.6 billion annually across the province and is
the tourist industry's fastest-growing segment.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Alicia Farrow, Minister's Office, (416)
314-1400; Gary Wheeler, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391

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