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Canada to invest $170m in preserving historic canals

30 Mar 16 The government of Canada has announced that it will invest CA$170m (£90m) to protect and preserve five historic canals in Quebec.

Parks Canada will use the funding for projects including reconstruction work on the walls of the Lachine Canal, on the lock of the Carillon Canal, and on the locks and bridges of the Chambly Canal. Funding will also be allocated to rehabilitate and reconstruct heritage buildings – such as the Chambly Canal superintendent’s house – and to build structures that preserve biodiversity, such as the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder on the Saint‑Ours Canal. In addition, service areas and footpaths will be built for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal.

“Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites,” said minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna. “I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada’s special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage.”

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