Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

February 20, 2009 12:57 ET

Government of Canada Invests $40 Million in Calgary Science Centre

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister, today announced that the Government of Canada will contribute up to $40 million towards eligible expenses for the new Telus World of Science Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The Centre was identified as a priority project in January in Budget 2009. The project is expected to have a significant economic impact in Calgary, generating economic spin-offs.

"Only a few short weeks after making a commitment in Budget 2009, I am proud to let Albertans know that this Government is delivering on its promise for the new Telus Science Centre in Calgary," said Minister Prentice. "This Government is committed to investing in infrastructure initiatives that both develop and promote culture, and create jobs for Canadians."

The new Telus World of Science will replace Calgary's Science Centre and Creative Kids Museum which are functioning beyond capacity. This new science centre provides access to quality exhibits to more visitors in the region.

"Calgary will be a key entry point to encourage children to explore and understand the fundamentals of science, a place for teens and young adults to develop and practice necessary life skills and a centre for adults to explore the culture of innovation and become informed enough to debate, to decide, and to act," said Jennifer Martin, President and CEO of the Telus World of Science.

The province and the City of Calgary have also committed equal funding to this project. The total estimated cost of the Telus World of Science is $160 million.

The government is moving forward with one of the largest infrastructure building projects in history in order to create jobs and stimulate the economy. The 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding recent historic federal investment in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.

For further information on the Building Canada plan, visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Government of Canada Supports Telus World of Science Centre

The governments of Canada and Alberta are working together to develop a set of infrastructure priorities under Building Canada, the Government of Canada's infrastructure plan.

Under the Building Canada Plan, the Government of Canada has committed more than $2.1 billion to infrastructure projects throughout the province. Already, several projects have been announced, including $25 million for the Western Legacy Project at the Calgary Stampede, $40 million towards the Centre of Sport Excellence, also in Calgary, $25 million for the Northland exhibition facility in Edmonton, $10 million to the Art Gallery of Alberta, also in Edmonton, and $15 million for the Banff Centre.

This latest project to be funded under Building Canada would see the construction of a new Telus World of Science by the Calgary Science Centre and Creative Kids Museum Society. The new building is to replace the existing Calgary Science Centre, which is functioning beyond capacity.

The proposed project is a 12,000 square-metre facility to be located on a remediated brownfield site north of Calgary. The major components of the Telus World of Science are four science-themed pavilions containing a variety of exhibits highlighting unique attributes of the southern Alberta region. In addition to that, the Telus World of Science will include a Creative Kids Museum and a Presentation facility featuring a touring exhibit gallery, a giant screen theatre, and a multi-purpose presentation theatre.

The Government of Canada would set aside up to a maximum of $40 million, up to a maximum of 50% of eligible costs from the Building Canada Fund. The province and the City of Calgary have also committed matching funding to this project. The total estimated cost of the Telus World of Science is $160 million.

Federal financial support for these infrastructure improvements is conditional on meeting all applicable federal eligibility and approval requirements under the Building Canada infrastructure plan and the signing of a contribution agreement.

Contact Information

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