McGuinty Government Invests In Ontario's Heritage

    Funding For Community Museum Program Increased By 85 Per Cent

    PETERBOROUGH, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is providing an
additional $2.3 million in annual funding to the Community Museum Operating
Grant program, Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today. This
represents an increase of 85 per cent.
    "This increase in annual funding, to $5 million, will help museums across
the province protect and interpret Ontario's heritage," said Di Cocco.
"Museums contribute to lifelong learning and the creation of vibrant, creative
communities. I am really pleased we are able to provide a permanent increase
in our support for community museums."
    "People from all over the world come to visit the Canadian Canoe Museum
in Peterborough and many of them stay on to discover the beauty of the
Kawarthas," said Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal. "This increase to community
museum funding will help draw even more people to our wonderful museum, and to
other museums across Ontario."
    "We are pleased that the Province is recognizing the importance of
museums' role as stewards in protecting the irreplaceable collections
entrusted to us and the challenges we face," said Verne McKay, Chair of The
Canadian Canoe Museum Board. "This increase in funds available for day-to-day
costs of operating is a step in the right direction."
    About 180 museums operated by non-profit corporations, municipalities,
conservation authorities, library boards and First Nations will be eligible
for the increased funding.
    The Ontario Government helps another 170 small museums and historical
societies through the Heritage Organizations Development Grant. The government
also supports heritage organizations by providing annual grants and technical
advice to 13 Provincial Heritage Organizations, including the Ontario Museum

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For further information:

For further information: Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4071; Guy Lepage, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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