BURLINGTON/HAMILTON - Ontario's government is investing $1.98M through the 2019-20 Repair and Rehabilitation Capital Program to ensure that the largest botanical garden in Canada remains a world-class destination that preserves our sanctuaries and continues to connect Ontarians with the outdoors.
Jane McKenna MPP for Burlington was joined by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which includes five distinct gardens in the Niagara Escarpment, to announce this investment to address 15 priority projects for the Garden.
The ministry is providing the Royal Botanical Gardens funding to support:
- Upgrades to grounds maintenance equipment
- Landscaping and trail maintenance
- Repaving of parking lots
- Upgrades to site electrical systems
- Repairs to fencing
- Repairs and replacement to exterior doors
- Improvements to heating system
- Replacement of boat gate
- Re-sealing of windows
- Replacement of ceiling tiles
- Upgrades to concrete stairwells and other concrete surfaces
"Ontario’s vibrant and natural tourism attractions showcase our collections of beautiful gardens, trails and landscapes to the world," said Minister MacLeod. "As the only botanical garden in our country with the right to use “Royal” in its name, it’s clear that this living and interactive museum is a beautiful destination and a valuable resource for our tourism industry."
“As a national historic site, the Royal Botanical Gardens are a distinct symbol of our Canadian identity,” said MPP Jane McKenna. “These gardens are one of the most visited attractions in the Burlington and Hamilton areas and they continue to bring together people, plants and nature to help nurture, preserve and protect our environment. It’s a source of tremendous pride in our community.”
- The Government of Ontario is budgeting up to $26 million in infrastructure projects across Ontario’s culture and tourism attractions.
- Ontario’s tourism sector is important for the province’s economic prosperity. This investment will ensure that our tourism and culture attractions continue to attract visitors and promote tourism in their communities.