GRCA to restore Harris Mill Ruins at Rockwood Conservation Area

FERGUS – Michael Chong, MP for Wellington–Halton Hills, today announced an investment of $755 000 to stimulate the area economy as part of the Canadian Government’s Economic Action Plan.

“This project will help with economic development in the area,” said Michael Chong. He added, “It will help protect a historical treasure and tourist attraction, while at the same time creating local jobs, something I”m committed to doing.”

“This is a significant project for our community and it has a direct impact on both our local economy and the heritage of the region,” said Mayor Chris White. “I want to thank Mike Chong and the Federal Economic Development Agency for their foresight in funding this restoration.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Grand River Conservation Authority. We’re pleased that the federal government has agreed to contribute to the restoration of the Harris Mill ruins,” said Alan Dale, chair of the GRCA. “We’d also like to thank the Township of Guelph/Eramosa and the Grand River Conservation Foundation for their support for this project.” He added, “Preserving these ruins is a tangible way to demonstrate the importance that water power played to the early development of the Grand River watershed. It also underscores the role that tourism plays in our economy today.”

This project was part of the $102 million investment made through the Community Adjustment Fund for 2009-2010, announced on August 27 by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). The government will support a total of 90 projects in communities across Southern Ontario that are struggling with the effects of the global economic downturn.

Approved projects must meet the terms and conditions set out in their funding agreements. A complete list of approved projects in Southern Ontario will be made available online at on September 10, 2009.

CAF is just one in a series of initiatives introduced in the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan designed to address the short-term effects of the economic decline on communities across Canada, while preparing our communities for long-term growth. For more information on Canada’s Economic Action Plan, please visit