Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 26, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Musee Mineralogique et Minier de Thetford Mines

THETFORD MINES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament (Megantic-L'Erable), today announced funding for the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines.

This funding will support the project "Un musee, une ville : prolongement de l'experience museale en sol mineur." This project aims to conduct a feasibility study to increase the organization's skills and abilities to allow it to broaden its mandate by integrating new activities into those already in place. In addition to reviewing the museum's organizational structure, the study will examine the management of mining visits and the development and management of three former mining buildings in downtown Thetford Mines. It will also help identify mining buildings that could be promoted and target the spaces and their purposes in this project.

"Our Government's funding for the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines will allow the institution to promote and preserve local heritage. Eventually, this project could allow the region's citizens and visitors to rediscover this historical element in a new light," said Minister Moore.

"I am proud that the Government of Canada recognizes the museum's important place in terms of our regional heritage," said Minister Paradis. "This organization has become a pioneer in the region, and this funding will enable it to pursue and broaden its mandate."

"The Musee mineralogique et minier is proud of the partnership established with the Government of Canada and is grateful for this support, esssential for its development," said Francois Cinq-Mars, Director of the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines. "In fact, this financial assistance will allow the museum to hire a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study examining the development and management of former mining buildings on the site, thereby broadening the mandate of the museum on the land and assuring its long-term sustainability while preserving the industrial heritage of Thetford Mines."

The Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines was founded in 1976 by a group of mineral collectors. This scientific museum, which focuses on the geology of the Appalachian region and the development of mining in the Thetford Mines area, promotes access to the earth sciences and to scientific and technological knowledge in the field of mining.

The Government of Canada has provided $25,000 in funding through the Capacity Building ( component of the Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program ( This program supports modern management and greater financial stability in arts and heritage organizations.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Eric Amyot, Director, Regional
    Quebec Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations