Harper Government Invests in Upgrades to TELUS World of Science in Edmonton

EDMONTON, April 18, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS World of Science in Edmonton is getting a facelift that will boost tourism and create jobs and growth throughout Alberta, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by the Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

With this funding, the Edmonton Space and Science Foundation will begin implementing its 10-year expansion and revitalization plan. Support will enable TELUS World of Science - Edmonton to purchase and install an OmniGlobe theatre projection system and build a 16,000 square foot feature exhibition gallery for touring exhibits. Thanks to this initiative, the centre will be transformed into one of the largest and most diversified science hubs in Canada.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important upgrades to facilities like TELUS World of Science that promote learning and fuel our imagination," said Minister Moore. "By supporting this initiative, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and support arts, culture and heritage."

"TELUS World of Science - Edmonton inspires and educates residents and visitors to Edmonton," said the Honourable Laurie Hawn. "These upgrades will provide greater access to state-of-the-art science programming for children, students and families for years to come."

"The support from the Government of Canada is vital to the successful future of TELUS World of Science - Edmonton and will allow us to continue to make a significant contribution to innovation in Alberta and Canada for many years to come," said George Smith, President and CEO of TELUS World of Science - Edmonton.

The Edmonton Space and Science Foundation, which operates TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, aims to inspire a life-long love of science in children and adults alike. The Foundation delivers programs and services that reflect the diverse and evolving interests of the community. It is creating a positive science and technology culture in Edmonton that motivates people to learn about and contribute to advances in science and technology that benefit all Canadians.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $1,500,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentations or exhibitions. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays.


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