Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 30, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the City of Waterloo

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 30, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Peter Braid, Member of Parliament (Kitchener-Waterloo), today announced funding for the Corporation of the City of Waterloo.

The City of Waterloo will be setting up a new facility to exhibit and store its collection of heritage artifacts. This funding will help with the purchase and installation of a security system, environmental monitoring equipment, and shelving, as well as help move the collection to its new storage facility. Upon completion of the project, the collection will be located in the City of Waterloo's first civic history museum.

"Our Government recognizes that it has an important role to play in the preservation of collections that are part of Canadian culture," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support the City of Waterloo. By investing in this today, we can ensure the sustainability of our historical institutions for many years to come."

"This new museum will help foster an awareness of Waterloo's rich culture and unique heritage," said Mr. Braid. "As we take our place as a world-renowned centre of knowledge and innovation, it is important to understand and celebrate the roots of our region's growth, progress, and prosperity."

"Waterloo is grateful for the Government of Canada's support," said Karen VandenBrink, Program Manager, Heritage Resources. "We are all sustained by a place that is important to us, somewhere that identifies our community and captures its memories. The new Waterloo Museum will encourage sharing our special stories and inspire those who follow after us, and this funding will assist us in getting it off the ground."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $86,000 under the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. 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
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155