July 26, 2017 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia– Today, Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will be investing up to $1,000,000 in the conservation of the Lunenburg Academy through the National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places. The program ensures the protection of national historic sites, heritage lighthouses and railway stations.
This conservation project will focus on the renewal of the building envelope, including fascia, soffits, doors, windows, and localised roofing issues among other components, which will maintain the historical value and presence of this national treasure.
This funding will help ensure the site remains vibrant and supports tourism and job creation in the community. Investing in Canada’s infrastructure today will bring Canadians good jobs, a cleaner environment and thriving communities for years to come. Infrastructure is key to helping the middle class get to work, while allowing Canada’s economy to grow and prosper over the long term.
Heritage places reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our heritage.
Parks Canada is encouraging visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations in 2017 by consulting Parks Canada’s website, or downloading the NEW Parks Canada Mobile App, for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to celebrate Canada 150.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support organizations which seek to maintain heritage spaces. Much like Lunenburg’s connection to the sea, the Academy played an integral role in the town’s history. This building is a source of pride not only for the people of Lunenburg, but for many Canadians across the country, and because of that we need to make sure we preserve this space so that future generations can continue to enjoy and admire this historic building”Bernadette JordanMP, South Shore-St. Margarets
- As part of the social infrastructure investments announced in Budget 2016, an additional $20 million was made available in 2016-17 and 2017-18 for the protection of heritage places.
- Funding under this program is available to all heritage places that have been formally recognized, but are not administered, by the federal government. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous organizations, and provincial, territorial, regional, or municipal governments who are either owners or long-term lessees of heritage places that have been formally recognized by the federal government, including associated lands, or parts of a heritage place or national historic site district.
- Built between 1893-1895, The Lunenburg Academy is a massive, three-storey wooden Victorian building, painted in red, black and white and is a landmark and important tourism location in the town of Lunenburg.
- The Lunenburg Academy is also one of the very few large scale wooden buildings in Canada still surviving from the nineteenth century.