The Government of Canada announces $4.5 million in funding for the museum to increase capacity and accessibility
BURLINGTON, ON, May 26, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament (Burlington), today announced funding of $4,479,000 for the City of Burlington to support the redevelopment and expansion of the Joseph Brant Museum. Minister Gould made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
This funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will allow the museum to relocate and expand its existing building. The increased accessibility and space of the new facility will allow more Burlington residents and visitors to engage with the museum's heritage activities.
During Canada 150, the Government of Canada is celebrating our cultural institutions and artists, ensuring that our arts and heritage are accessible to more Canadians.
"We understand the importance of investing in cultural organizations in communities across the country. Investing in Canada's cultural sector helps create good jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy and builds stronger cities. The improvements to the Joseph Brant Museum will ensure that it can continue to promote our heritage in an enhanced and accessible environment."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"Providing Canadians with access to our cultural heritage is a priority for our government. That is why I am so proud that we are supporting the redevelopment of the Joseph Brant Museum. I know how important this project is to the people of Burlington. It will give residents and visitors improved access to our rich local history and heritage. I look forward to visiting the new space once construction is complete."
—The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament (Burlington)
"We want to thank the Government of Canada for their funding and commitment to the Joseph Brant Museum, and their ongoing support of our community. The Joseph Brant Museum is one of the key cultural spaces which adds to Burlington being recognized as one of the best places to live."
—Rick Goldring, Mayor of the City of Burlington
"Every day, wherever I am in the great city of Burlington, I hear from residents about the importance of cultural spaces that help us come together to explore our heritage. That's why I'm delighted to celebrate the next steps in the redevelopment of the Joseph Brant Museum. This project will help more people to access an exciting range of programming and activities for years to come, right here in Burlington."
—The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Government of Ontario
Operating since 1942, the Joseph Brant Museum is a community museum focused on the founding, settlement and development of the Burlington area. The museum is run by the City of Burlington and is housed in a replica of the original homestead of Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea).
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities. It also funds the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.
The announced funding will be used to support the construction of a new larger museum facility that will incorporate the existing building, thereby improving the museum's capacity and accessibility.
Museums of Burlington https://museumsofburlington.ca/joseph-brant
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455203896312/1455204007503
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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