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June 1, 2015 – Smiths Falls, Ontario – Office of the Minister of Environment, Parks Canada

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, joined by Mr. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville, today announced new infrastructure investments totalling $39.4 million in the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

These projects are the result of an unprecedented investment by the Government of Canada to support infrastructure work in our national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. This investment represents the largest federal infrastructure plan in the 104-year history of Parks Canada, ensuring these cherished places are protected and secured for the future while also creating and projecting jobs and opportunities.

The Government of Canada is committed to enhancing visitor experiences along the Rideau Canal. In addition to this major investment for its infrastructure, Parks Canada has also taken other actions, including:

  • The installation of oTENTik tents and showers at Beveridges Lockstation, near Perth;
  • An exciting 2 for 1 lockage permit offer that provides boaters an opportunity to double their fun on historic canals in Ontario and Québec;
  • The establishment of a business development unit for the Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway; and
  • A collaborative and innovative Visitor Experience Opportunities Concept project to foster recreation, tourism and economic development throughout the Rideau Canal corridor.

Quick Facts

  • On November 24, the Prime Minister announced the largest infrastructure investment in Parks Canada sites across Canada in the agency’s 104-year history. This investment will support infrastructure improvements to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This is part of a new $5.8 billion federal infrastructure program.
  • Ottawa welcomes over 7.3 million visitors per year, who spend over $1.18 billion. The Rideau Canal is one of the most visited National Historic Sites in Canada and one of Ottawa's top attractions on TripAdvisor.
  • The Rideau Canal is one of the most visited national historic sites in Canada and one of Eastern Ontario’s top attractions with its nearly 2,000 boats each year and over 80,000 cyclists that use its pathways each month during the summer season.
  • Including two previous announcements of infrastructure investments at Black Rapids Lock 13 and at Poonamalie Dam, the Government has announced a grand total infrastructure investment of $46.0 million at the Rideau Canal National Historic Site in the last five years.
  • Parks Canada is present in hundreds of communities across Canada and contributes approximately $3 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year. Parks Canada’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.
  • Parks Canada investments support the Government’s National Conservation Plan while also creating jobs, promoting visitor experience and supporting communities across Canada.


“Our Government recognizes how important cultural heritage is to the economy and the important role that these historic sites play in supporting our communities. These investments will help create jobs while offering opportunities for skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on historic places across the country.”

-The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“Our Government is committed to creating and protecting jobs and opportunities by investing in our natural and historical treasures for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Investing in the Rideau Canal National Site, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will support the tourism industry in the region and enhance visitor experience.”

-Mr. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville

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