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City of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to receive

Ottawa, ON July 28, 2005 - As the City of Charlottetown celebrates its 150th anniversary, the Heritage Canada Foundation is proud to bestow upon it yet another accolade, the Prince of Wales Prize. Established in 1999 under the patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, this prize honours a municipal government for exemplary commitment to the preservation of its heritage buildings. Previous recipients include Markham, Ontario; Victoria, British Columbia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Québec City; and Perth, Ontario.

As the birthplace of Confederation and capital of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown has earned national and provincial historic prominence. For more than thirty-five years, the City has developed heritage policies and programs that demonstrate its firm commitment to the merits and value of heritage preservation. The City has established an effective heritage bylaw and a heritage incentive program which offers property owners both grants and a tax freeze on restoration work. The City has also made significant progress in public education and outreach, using publications such as Design Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Resources and Sign Guidelines and an excellent Web site to further promote its heritage initiatives and programs.

The Awards Jury also cited the City's substantial investment in preserving its own properties, as well as the level of support - both financial and technical - that it provides to community groups and private developers.

The Prince of Wales Prize, which consists of a plaque, framed scroll and a pennant with the insignia of The Prince of Wales and the Heritage Canada Foundation, will be presented to the City of Charlottetown by Her Honour the Honourable Dr. Lynda Haverstock, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, at a special ceremony to be held at the foundation's annual conference on Friday, September 16, 2005, at Government House in Regina, Saskatchewan.