Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

October 21, 2009 18:00 ET

Canada Invests in Vancouver's Iconic Science World

Project will create jobs, attract visitors and promote technology

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2009) - John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, today announced $10.5 million from Canada's Economic Action Plan for Vancouver's Science World ReGeneration project.

ReGeneration will restore the 20-year-old building and facilities to support the increasing number of visitors and the overall safety of the building. An outdoor science experience is also planned as part of the upgrades.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is delivering on infrastructure projects that will stimulate local economies and create jobs," said Minister Baird. "These significant upgrades will ensure that Science World continues to engage British Columbians, visitors and students alike in science, and inspire future leadership in technology."

"Science World BC has been instilling a love of science in children and adults around the province for two decades," said Iain Black, B.C. Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development. "With the federal government matching our $10.5-million investment, Science World will be able to continue its vital educational role in a landmark building that has attracted millions of visitors since it was built for Expo 86."

"We greatly appreciate the support from the federal government," says Bryan Tisdall, Science World's President and CEO. "We've got big plans for Science World and with support like this, we'll be able to see them come to fruition. The money will be put to good use to do building repairs and start construction on our exciting new outdoor science experience. I applaud the Conservative federal government's vision in seeing the long-term value in inspiring today's kids to become tomorrow's science and technology innovators."

The Government of Canada will provide the Science World British Columbia with up to $10.5 million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Province of British Columbia announced last year that it would contribute $10.5 million towards the project. The federal funding, along with the contribution from the Province of BC, and $10.5 million raised by the Science World Society, brings the total value of the project to $31.5 million.

The new federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

To date, 308 infrastructure projects worth over $740 million in British Columbia will receive federal funding under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

For more information on the Economic Action Plan, please visit: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

SCIENCE WORLD BRITISH COLUMBIA

Science World British Columbia is a non-profit science museum based in the heart of Vancouver in False Creek. Science World British Columbia has embarked on a physical renewal project, called ReGeneration, with the objective of updating all of the exhibit galleries, theatres and programs, as well as the restoration of the facility itself and the development of an outdoor science experience that will focus on the science of environment sustainability.

The Government of Canada will contribute $10.5 million to make important upgrades to the infrastructure of Science World. The Province of British Columbia announced last year that it would contribute $10.5 million towards the project. The federal funding, along with the contribution from the Province of BC, and $10.5 million raised by the Science World Society, brings the total value of the project to $31.5 million. The federal financing will come from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

The physical restoration will include a major upgrade to the building systems, foundations and structure.

Among the results expected for this project:

  • helping to sustain the increasing number of visitors and the increasing level of exhibit usage;
  • ensuring the safety of the physical structure
  • promoting the development of a knowledge-based society in Canada;
  • helping to engage families, educators and young people in science; and
  • inspiring future leadership in science and technology.

The Government of Canada introduced the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, to quickly inject funds into infrastructure projects that can be completed in the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148