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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Government of Canada provides action plan for Trent-Severn Waterway Renewal

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, September 25, 2009--The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the Government of Canada's action plan in response to the Trent-Severn Waterway Panel Report: The Future of the Trent Severn Waterway.

“Our government is fully committed to the renewal of the Trent Severn Waterway, an important National Historic Site and Canada's longest historic canal,” said Minister Prentice. “The Government of Canada's recent $83 million investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to protect this significant heritage resource and ensure that Canadians have the opportunity to experience and enjoy it.”

The Trent-Severn Waterway is an extraordinary historical icon and the largest watershed in central Ontario. Over its 175-year history, the Trent-Severn Waterway has evolved with technological advancements and increasingly diverse uses. The changing regional context and the interests of Waterway users led to the Government of Canada decision to initiate a review of Waterway operations and its connections to the surrounding corridor.

“As one of Canada's largest National Historic Sites, the Trent-Severn Waterway is one of the defining characteristics of central Ontario. I am very pleased to see the Federal Government's response to the recommendations of the Panel charts a course that enhances collaboration on tourism, heritage and planning for renewal of this national treasure", said Mr. Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough.

The measures the Government of Canada will bring forward are as follow:

  • Bring clarity around jurisdictional issues. The goal is to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Ontario within six month, detailing areas of collaboration and coordination.
  • Assure the future of our water by establishing an advisory committee to engage users in the review of water management policies.
  • Work with municipalities and other organizations towards fully developing a Planner's Forum as a means of coordination on key issues such as waterfront development.
  • As a means of encouraging the development of renewable energy, establish a dedicated professional unit in Peterborough to lead hydroelectric development on the waterway.
  • Work with heritage organizations to develop a Heritage Network that will encourage public awareness, education and visitor experiences.

The Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada is part of Parks Canada's nation-wide network of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites, a network that is recognized as one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected areas in the world. This initiative will help Parks Canada ensure Canada's cultural and natural heritage are presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

Information:

Frédéric Baril
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441
Media Relations
National Corporate Communications Branch
Parks Canada
819-994-3023