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Ontario Rural Economic Development Program - RED that is. The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs announced today that the Elgin Military Museum is to receive a Rural Economic Development (RED) Grant for $20,000 to go towards the development of on-line booking and audio guide systems.

"The audio guides will open a whole new world of possibilities for HMCS OJIBWA tours," explained Ian Raven, Museum Executive Director. "Not only will this grant allow us to offer tours in a number of different languages not currently available, it will also provide an intensive virtual tour for people who aren't able to go through the submarine themselves."

Through the development of its new Museum of Naval History in Port Burwell, The Elgin Military Museum is contributing significantly to the economic recovery of this beautiful village in the Municipality of Bayham. What are now new seasonal jobs will become year-round jobs as the full Museum and Education Centre is build beside the submarine. Additional short term jobs will be created during the construction phase of the new facility.

Already thousands of visitors have come into the community to tour the submarine, enjoy the local restaurants and visit other local attractions. The new on-line booking system will make it even easier for people from all over to reserve tickets for tours. "This will be a major step forward and we are very grateful to the Rural Economic Development Program for their financial support," said Raven.

HMCS OJIBWA is an Oberon Class submarine that served Canada and NATO from 1965 to 1998. O-boats were recognized for their stealth making them key players during the Cold War. Even now few Canadians are aware of the remarkable and often dangerous missions they undertook. Visitors are introduced to the intrigue of this formerly secret world.

For more information about touring HMCS Ojibwa, visit the Museum website at www.projectojibwa.ca.


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