Government to Support Construction of New War Memorials

New program launched to help communities commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans’

Ottawa – David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for The Canadian Wheat Board, is pleased to announce a new program to help communities commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans, past and present.

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. Application forms and instruction can be found by logging on to The Veterans’ Affairs Canada website: http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=memorials/cwmp. Funds will be distributed to organizations on a first come first served basis.

“This program announced by Minister Jean Pierre Blackburn late last week will help Royal Canadian Legions and communities across southwest Saskatchewan to construct or repair monuments that will help people remember the sacrifices made by our war heroes for generations to come”, said Anderson.

“It’s very important that groups interested in participating in this program submit their application as soon as possible in order for it to be considered by the external review committee,” he concluded.

The 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.

For more information on the Community War Memorial Program, or to apply for funding, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at:
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=memorials/cwmp.