The Government of Canada is investing $100,000 to assist with repairs to Wawa’s iconic goose monument. The funding will help with the cost of dismantling the goose and shipping it to Toronto for repairs. The 8.5 metre structure has stood at the entrance to the town since it was erected in 1960 to commemorate the completion of the last link of the Trans-Canada Highway in Ontario connecting Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie and Western Canada.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program investment. The Wawa goose is integral to the community’s marketing brand and is one of the most photographed landmarks in North America.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding, delivered in Northern Ontario through FedNor, is part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated approach to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities, and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history.
- Canada CIP 150 is designed to leave a lasting legacy by supporting the rehabilitation or improvement of existing community infrastructure assets and facilities across the country that promote community and cultural benefits for the public.
- FedNor is delivering this program in Northern Ontario with an allocation of $10.4 million over two years, ending March 31st, 2018.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in key community landmarks, such as the Wawa Goose monument, that will leave a lasting legacy that symbolizes the community and the region’s unique cultural history. It is a testament to the tenacity of Canadians and the efforts made over a 30-year period to complete the Lake Superior Link to the Trans-Canada Highway.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor
“I would like to thank the Government of Canada and FedNor for investing in our iconic tourism monument that serves as an anchor attraction for Wawa, the Algoma Region and the Lake Superior Circle Trail. It is a part of our identity and certainly a source of community pride.”
Ron Rody, Mayor, Wawa
I think FedNor was mistaken. I believe the Goose is being replaced not dismantled and shipped away for repairs.