The federal government provided $300,000 to support the New Hamburg waterwheel replacement.
deputy Tim Louis, Kitchener-Conestoga, made the announcement in New Hamburg on November 9 on behalf of Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
Through a partnership with engineering students at the University of Guelph, the current wooden waterwheel will be replaced with a new waterwheel that will retain its historic appearance and potentially set a Guinness World Record for being the tallest waterwheel. working wooden vanes in North America, a press release said.
“New Hamburg’s water wheel represents a time when we worked with nature to power our world. It was designed to capture the spirit of the city’s heritage. I’m proud that investments like this help shape our community and showcasing our greatest resource, our people,” Louis said.
The goal of this renovation is to improve this New Hamburg landmark, which was originally built in 1990, and bring local and tourist traffic back to the community.
Tassi said tourism is important to the vibrancy and economic health of communities in southern Ontario.
“I am committed to helping businesses find new and innovative ways to recover and thrive again. Investments through the Tourism Relief Fund help ensure that the region’s tourism sector will be well positioned to welcome at new visitors today and in the years to come,” she said.
Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance Randy Boissonnault said Canada’s tourism sector is one of the hardest hit by COVID-19 and the government will continue to help businesses through it.