The Government of Canada supports Exporail in Saint-Constant
SAINT-CONSTANT, QC, Jan. 24, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, Jean-Claude Poissant, MP for La Prairie, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $210,000 in funding for Exporail, the rail transport museum in Saint-Constant. The funds allow for the renewal of the permanent exhibition of its Grand Gallery, whose inauguration is planned for 2019.
Awarded by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, this amount will enable the museum to revitalize its equipment and improve its digital museographical and audiovisual technology. The project will also help to increase awareness about the exhibition and the museum.
"I am very happy that our government supports Exporail, which is recognized for the preservation of its exceptional Canadian history collection. As a result of these investments, we can ensure that museum institutions are able to grow with the pace of technological change, and thus ensure their sustainability."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"I welcome the renewal of the museum's permanent exhibition, which will enhance its content and visual presentation. These additions will attract more visitors and provide a more diverse offering for the public, who will certainly be visiting this fascinating museum, the pride of the region."
—Jean-Claude Poissant, MP for La Prairie
"We would like to express our appreciation of the Government of Canada's decision to help fund our project, which will increase the public's knowledge of the important contribution of Canada's railways to the country's past, present, and future. Through this grant, Exporail will purchase lighting and display equipment in order to exhibit its collection in a more innovative way."
—C. Stephen Cheasley, President of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, owner and operator of Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum
Exporail's mission is to provide the public an extensive look at the history and the role of the railways and rail transportation in Canada.
Funding for the project involves the purchase of specialized equipment, including lighting and rail systems, digital museographical and audiovisual technology, and multimedia equipment.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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