Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2008 13:15 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Saanich-Gulf Islands), today announced funding for the Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation.

Funding of $928,241 will be used by the Corporation to replace the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system and the electrical distribution system in the Temporary Exhibit Gallery and to provide an energy-efficient upgrade of the lighting system throughout the complex.

"Local heritage institutions are important to the vitality of communities across Canada," said Minister Verner. "Museums help strengthen Canadians' awareness of our rich cultural heritage."

"The Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation collects artifacts, documents and specimens of British Columbia's natural and human history, safeguarding them for residents and visitors from across Canada and around the world," said Minister Lunn. "The Government of Canada is committed to supporting facilities that enrich the cultural life of our communities and create a legacy of excellence."

"It's important to us, at the Royal British Columbia Museum, to educate our visitors about climate change-but we're not just showing the impact of this environmental shift through our exhibits," said Pauline Rafferty, CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum. "We're also doing what we can to become a more environmentally responsible organization. This generous grant from Canadian Heritage will help us cover the costs of the first phase of this multi-year project."

Founded in 1886 as a museum only, the Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation is a combined provincial museum and archives. Although its buildings are in Victoria, the Corporation reaches every region of the province through its website, exhibits, and services and is responsible to all citizens of the province.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding under the Cultural Spaces Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program contributes to improved physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation or exhibition. It is designed to improve access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts, as well as to museum collections and heritage exhibitions.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Western Region