Ottawa - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced a new program to help communities commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans, past and present.
“This Veterans’ Week, we are encouraging Canadians to make remembrance more than something they feel by making it something they do,” said Minister Blackburn. “With this new program, communities will show they remember by constructing new places to honour Canada’s truest heroes—our Veterans.”
Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville adds that this program will help fund new memorials for communities that do not have one.
The Community War Memorial Program will see $1 million per year over the next five years go toward the construction of new war memorials in communities across Canada.
The new Community War Memorial Program will provide funding up to 50 percent of the total project cost, up to a maximum amount of $50,000 to non-profit organizations, as well as provinces, territories and municipalities for the construction of new memorials in Canadian communities.
Eligible project expenses are capital costs, such as building materials, equipment rentals, and landscaping required for accessibility. Each application will be assessed by an external review committee which will include representation from national Veterans’ organizations as well as conservation experts.
Through this program, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its Budget 2010 commitment to partner with communities across Canada to build memorials to commemorate the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served our country.
For more information on the Community War Memorial Program, or to apply for funding, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca