Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 14, 2016 10:30 ET

Shawinigan's Cite de l'energie Grows

The Government of Canada Supports the Expansion of the Cite de l'energie's Science Centre

SHAWINIGAN, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 14, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament (Saint-Maurice-Champlain) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, today announced $600,000 in funding for the Cité de l'énergie in Shawinigan to expand its Science Centre. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will help the organization to bring all of its exhibits together into one space. Notably, the Museum of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien: Canada in the World will be permanently relocated in the Cité de l'énergie's Science Centre.

Quick Facts

Open to the public since 1997, the Cité de l'énergie Inc. has the mandate of protecting and showcasing Shawinigan's history and industrial heritage.
The Cité's Science Centre presents various exhibitions on Shawinigan and energy use. The Museum of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien: Canada in the World exhibition highlights the contribution of Shawinigan native the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien to Canada's political history.
When construction is complete, all the exhibitions presented by the Cité de l'énergie will be brought together within the Science Centre. The redesigned exhibition hall will simplify visits.
The new space will also include a screening facility with 150 seats, where lectures, mediation activities and shows can be presented.

Quotes

"Heritage institutions, like the Cité de l'énergie in Shawinigan, play an essential role in preserving our identity and sharing key aspects of our history. The Government of Canada is pleased to contribute to the expansion of such an important historical museum site."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The construction work that the Cité de l'énergie undertakes will enable visitors to have a richer museum experience, particularly through better access to the Museum of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien: Canada in the World. This project will help showcase the historic heritage of both Shawinigan and the region."

- François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament (Saint-Maurice-Champlain)

"With this financial assistance, the Cité de l'énergie can soon start work on the expansion and design of the Science Centre, which, once complete, will result in an all-new exhibition hall. Without the support of the Government of Canada, it would have been impossible to create the necessary infrastructure for the execution of such a project."

- Robert Trudel, Director General of the Cité de l'énergie Inc.

Associated Links

La Cité de l'énergie

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

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