Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 10, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Township of St. Clair

SOMBRA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament (Sarnia–Lambton), today announced funding for the Township of St. Clair's Sombra Museum.

This funding will enable the municipality to begin its Sombra Museum Building Expansion project, located close to the museum's primary historical house. The support will result in the construction of a new 3,600-square-foot single-storey facility, as well as the purchase and installation of specialized equipment. Visitors to the museum will be able to enjoy the expanded space where exhibitions can be viewed and programming will take place. The new museum, located in the downtown area of Sombra, will be fully accessible and energy efficient.

"Our Government is proud to support the Township of St. Clair," said Minister Moore. "This new museum will engage visitors and help foster a deeper understanding of the community's history and heritage. It is important that all Canadians have the opportunity to participate in arts, heritage, and cultural activities."

"The Sombra Museum plays a crucial role in preserving and highlighting pieces of Canada's history," said Mrs. Davidson. "We are delighted and look forward to this new and modern facility, where there will be year-round exhibits and programming for people all ages."

"The Township of St. Clair is thankful for this support from the federal government through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund," said Mayor Steve Arnold. "This funding not only assists us in the further development of the Sombra Museum, but it also provides us the opportunity to continue the preservation of the heritage of the former Township of Sombra."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $210,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations