Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the creation and renovation of cultural spaces, as well as to promoting exhibition and providing access to it in both rural and urban areas.
Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Sudbury MP announced $1.4 million in funding to Science North for the advancement of two projects. He was accompanied by Marc Serré, Member of Parliament (Nickel Belt). They made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
“Today’s announcement is an important milestone for Sudbury, and I am thrilled that this funding will allow Science North to fully realize their mission and reach more Canadians across Northern Ontario,” he said. “By investing in our cultural infrastructure, our government is supporting a unique part of our region’s heritage.”
Funding will come from the retrofitting and development of new programming spaces at the Dynamic Earth campus. This investment, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will enable Science North to develop an underground theatre, a programming space and an exhibition area.
An additional $291,000 is being awarded through the Museums Assistance Program to create the “Indigenous Ingenuity Northern Ontario Tour”, a customized 100-square metre version of the Indigenous Ingenuity exhibition produced by the Montreal Science Centre. It is set to tour across Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario.
“Our government knows that investments in arts and culture help build vibrant and connected communities. We are proud to support improvements to spaces like Science North, which provide access to unique educational experiences and help make culture and heritage accessible for more Canadians,” said Steven Guilbeault, minister of Canadian heritage.
The Museums Assistance Program provides funding to Canadian museums and heritage institutions for activities that facilitate Canadians’ access to our heritage; foster professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions; and foster the preservation and presentation of Indigenous cultural heritage. The Program has an annual budget of $6.7 million.
“I am proud to see this important institution in our region benefit from our government’s commitment to invest in cultural infrastructure,” said Nickel Belt MP Marc G. Serré. “Today’s announcement will ensure that Science North can upgrade their facilities to continue to showcase Nickel Belt–Greater Sudbury’s rich and diverse history.”