Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

June 22, 2016 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Welcomes Important New Cultural Space in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 22, 2016) - The Government of Canada reiterated its continued support for cultural infrastructure today as a preview of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the Musée national des beaux arts du Québec (MNBAQ) was presented. By investing $33.7 million, the federal government will contribute to providing the people of Quebec and visitors with new opportunities to learn about the region's rich cultural heritage, and to supporting local business growth and development.

Clad entirely in glass, the striking new building was conceived as part of a broader plan to modernize and expand the museum, integrate its buildings, and create more exhibition space to showcase MNBAQ's growing design, contemporary art and Inuit art collections. The pavilion also houses extensive new temporary exhibition space, a café and a 250-seat auditorium.

A series of new foyers, lounges, shops, bridges, and gardens offering a mix of activities and public promenades were also part of the project. New internal and external corridors among the buildings will provide visitors with a more consistent experience as they move around the complex. The museum also now has a street-front presence on one of the city's main arteries thanks to the construction of a new urban plaza facing the Grande Allée.

This project-opening to the public on June 24-has greatly enhanced this revered cultural institution while creating a more coherent museum complex and forming new links between Battlefields Park and the city.


"I would like to congratulate all the partners involved in making this project a reality. The Government of Canada has committed to investing more than $120 billion in public infrastructure projects over the next ten years, including important cultural projects like the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion. These initiatives will help strengthen the economy, preserve our heritage, and build 21st-century communities that meet the needs of Canadians for generations to come."

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The federal government is proud to have contributed to the realization of the new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion. Far more than just a new building, this project and the new activities it makes possible will help boost tourism and create new economic spin-off opportunities for local and regional businesses. It's investments like these that will ensure that Quebec City remains one of the most beautiful destinations in the world."

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

"Institutions like the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec play a key role in the development of dynamic communities that celebrate Canada's diverse heritage and culture. While helping preserve Quebec's fine arts culture by allowing more of the permanent collection to be displayed, this innovative project will also provide the museum with fresh opportunities to develop new programs, re-engage residents, and attract a wider national as well as international audience."

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

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