Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

December 22, 2009 09:30 ET

Canada Supports the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

Investment will create jobs and pay tribute to the country's military past

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2009) - As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is investing in another infrastructure project that will create jobs, stimulate the local economy, and also pay tribute to the country's military past.

Ed Holder, the Member of Parliament for London West, along with John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, announced today that the Government of Canada is setting aside up to $1.5 million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to renovate and expand The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, Ontario.

"This infrastructure project is very important for the region and for The Royal Canadian Regiment," said MP Holder. "I'm very proud that the Government of Canada is supporting the preservation of Canada's military history, and at the same time supporting London's economy."

"Canada has a proud military tradition and our government is pleased to invest in The Regimental Museum," said Minister Baird. "This project will create local jobs while expanding the Museum's capacity to host more exhibits, attract more tourists and visitors, and honour Canada's military heroes."

"This is an important project for Londoners who are proud to be preserving Canada's military history, in a museum that will be enjoyed by generations today and in years to come," said Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence.

"This is an historic day for The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum," said Board Chair Brigadier General Philip Spencer. "As one of the finest, professionally run military museums in Canada, this federal support will help us raise the museum to the next level and support our vision of displaying, interpreting, promoting, preserving and archiving the Regiment's history for all Canadians for generations to come."

"This significant investment by the Government of Canada assures Canadians that an important 'warehouse' of national history that is carefully preserved and displayed at The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, be maintained and developed for Canadians, today and tomorrow - to appreciate and understand their country's past and present military struggles. The RCR Museum's Capital Campaign would not have succeeded without this strong endorsement and we are grateful," said Honorary Lt. Colonel Doug Weldon, Chairman of the Capital Campaign Cabinet.

By March 31, 2011, this infrastructure funding will renovate and expand the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum by:

- Expanding the museum gallery to build a new temporary exhibition and multi-purpose gallery to host traveling exhibits from other museums, including the Canadian War Museum;

- Creating a space for new galleries that highlight Canada's role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and current operations and peacekeeping; and

- Upgrading lighting, heating, and cooling systems to better preserve the museum's collection of artefacts, and to prevent any deterioration of the collection.

Federal funding is being provided through the national $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. It is aimed at getting shovels in the ground for infrastructure projects across Canada that can be completed by March 31, 2011. The Government of Canada's support is conditional on the project meeting all the requirements under the program and the signing of a contribution agreement with The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum.

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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management
    Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Claus Breede
    Director/Curator
    The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
    519-660-5275 ex 5015
    519-854-4262 (cell)