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Management Plan

Ownership and legal context

Subsequent to the Parks Canada-Agriculture Canada agreement of 1988, most of Grosse Île was transferred to the Department of Canadian Heritage. At that time, however, Agriculture Canada preferred to retain certain facilities it deemed necessary to pursuing its activities at some later date. As a result, several buildings and pieces of land continue to come under the jurisdiction of Agriculture Canada while others have become the subject of shared jurisdiction. However, owing to the decision by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to definitively give up its operations on Grosse Île, the buildings still in its possession will soon be transferred to Parks Canada, which will then assume total jurisdiction over the island.

In addition, an application was made to append the national historic site to the Order-in- Council concerning national historic sites whereby a number of the articles of the National Parks Act (repealed and replaced by the Canada National Parks Act, which was proclaimed in February 2001) would also apply to the entire island. 11

11. The boundaries of the Grosse Île property extend to the average low water limit.

Analysis of the current situation

Ownership and legal context
Commemorative integrity of the site
Condition of landscapes and level-1 resources
Communication of site messages of national historic significance
General status
Impacts of activities past and present
Public visitation and use
Visitation figures
Facilities and services
Regional tourism context