Vimy Foundation Commends Federal Budget Announcement for New Education Centre

OTTAWAMarch 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - During his Economic Action Plan speech the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced that $5 Million dollars would be set aside in the budget for the construction of a new Education Centre at the site of the Vimy Memorial.

The Vimy Foundation is honoured to be recognized as the main fundraising partner in the construction of a new Education Centre and commends the Federal Government's commitment as a positive first step towards making the Centre a reality. The Vimy Foundation is looking to raise $20 Million for this project.

"This is great news and a great start," said David Houghton, president of the Vimy Foundation. "I am confident that the Federal Government's commitment will help to encourage Canadians and Canadian corporations to show their pride and support for the Education Centre."

By increasing awareness of the Canadian legacy of the Battle at Vimy Ridge, and honouring the memory of those who fought and lost their lives at the site, the new Education Centre will provide an interactive environment where countless visitors from around the world can learn about the remarkable story of Canada's coming of age during the First World War.

"Having the weight of the Government of Canada behind this initiative is monumental," said Christopher Sweeney, Chair, Vimy 2017 Committee. "It allows us to take a giant leap forward towards bringing the Education Centre at the Vimy Memorial to life."

With the Government of Canada's financial support, the Vimy Foundation can now move ahead with plans for the construction of the innovative facility, with the aim of completion before the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.