TORONTO, May 28, 2012 /CNW/ - A targeted investment in Canada's Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum will boost tourism and improve Canadians' access to the trophies that define hockey's history, including the Stanley Cup. The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, today announced the Government's support for the Hockey Hall of Fame, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
"It is a great pleasure to see the results of our Government's investment," said Minister Flaherty. "This is a great facility, home to the Stanley Cup, which attracts visitors to Toronto from across Canada and around the world. Our Government is proud to play a role in ensuring this space will be celebrated and enjoyed for decades to come."
Support was provided for the installation of custom-built trophy display cases, upgraded lighting, and improved multimedia equipment that will deliver visitor information in both official languages. The Hockey Hall of Fame's Great Hall displays all NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup, and provides visitors with state-of-the-art exhibits. The investment was a portion of the total cost of the renovation, which also received support from the private sector. The improved exhibition space will accommodate future inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame for years to come.
"Canada's Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum is not only the destination where hockey fans from around the world go to learn about our game, it is also an important heritage site which honours our hockey legends," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to contribute to important projects like this one that deliver on our commitment to support our heritage and the symbols that define us as Canadians."
"Our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Government of Canada for its contribution through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund," said Bill Hay, Chairman and CEO, Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. "As home of the Stanley Cup and other icons of the game of hockey, the Esso Great Hall is our most pristine asset and for many it is the focal point of the guest experience."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of up to $250,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
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