HALIFAX, Canada – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for Central Nova and Mr. Scott Armstrong, MP for Cumberland — Colchester — Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure investments totalling more than $20 million in several Parks Canada projects in Halifax.
This major investment includes work on the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site’s future Heritage Experience Centre and significant work to remediate the counterscarp behind the walls on the south front of the site. Also included in this investment is stabilization and restoration work on the York Shore Battery of York Redoubt 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 protecting jobs and opportunities.
• Halifax Citadel National Historic site gives visitors a place where the sounds of a modern, bustling port city are exchanged for the crack of rifle-fire and the skirl of bagpipes. The present Citadel was completed in 1856 and is the fourth in a series of British forts on this site. Today, the restored Citadel is a national landmark, commemorating Halifax’s role as a key naval station in the British Empire and for its role in the progress of colony to nation. The current site is renowned for bringing history to life in Atlantic Canada’s largest urban center.
• Between the two of them, Halifax Citadel and York Redoubt National Historic Sites welcome nearly 500,000 visitors every year. Last year, more than 21 million visits were made to Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
• 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.
“These projects are happening as a result of our Government’s unprecedented investment in the infrastructure of Canada’s precious historic legacy. These projects will support the local tourism industry and boost the appeal of Halifax’s landmark national historic sites.”
– The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for Central Nova
“The investments announced today will create and protect jobs and opportunities in Halifax while also offering excellent opportunities for Canadians to connect with our rich historic and cultural heritage.”
– Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Labour