Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 16, 2008 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Royal Ontario Museum

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - The Royal Ontario Museum will be able to organize a new exhibition thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Whitby-Oshawa) on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Royal Ontario Museum.

The $128,400 in funding will support the design and creation of an exhibition called Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries. Displaying pieces from its existing collections, the Museum will illustrate trends in counterfeiting artefacts and the technology used to detect forgeries.

"By investing in our heritage, we provide Canadians with opportunities to learn about our shared history," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Royal Ontario Museum's exhibition, which will attract new and returning visitors to the museum."

"As Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, I am pleased that the Government is investing in the Royal Ontario Museum, a key attraction in this city," said Minister Flaherty, "This museum has a reputation for excellence, and this new exhibition reflects the dynamic nature of this important institution."

"We are delighted to receive financial assistance from the Museums Assistance Program to support a new, community, travelling exhibition: Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries," said William Thorsell, CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum. "This funding allows us to create an exhibition that can travel across the country, giving many museum visitors a window into the fascinating world of fakes and forgeries and some clues on how to distinguish them from genuine artefacts. Canadians of all ages and backgrounds should find this show captivating and educational."

The Royal Ontario Museum was formally created by the signing of the Royal Ontario Museum Act in the Ontario Legislature on April 16, 1912. Since the early 20th century, the museum has undergone numerous transformations in size and scope up to and including the opening of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal on June 3, 2007, as part of a major redevelopment and expansion project.

The Government of Canada is providing this funding through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Museums Assistance Program. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage - Ontario Region
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional Communications
    416-954-6615