Supporting Cultural Infrastructure in Peterborough

From: Canadian Heritage

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario – April 1, 2019

Investments in cultural spaces help build vibrant communities by supporting inspiring places where people can gather to learn about arts and heritage.

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $10 million to support the construction of a new facility for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.

The new museum building will meet environmentally sustainable design standards and will be located on a Parks Canada site adjacent to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway. It will house the museum’s entire collection, offer modular programming space and allow for paddling activities on the waterway.

The government is providing support to the museum through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

“Our government knows that investments in arts and culture help build vibrant communities and support local economies. Thanks to this investment, the Canadian Canoe Museum will be able to expand the scope of its cultural activities and help attract more tourists to the Peterborough area.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“This marks a significant milestone for the Canadian Canoe Museum and its deep-rooted connection with Peterborough–Kawartha residents, community leaders and First Nations communities. By investing in the Canadian Canoe Museum’s revitalization project, our government is supporting an initiative that is expected to create more than 1,000 new, well-paying jobs.”

—The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and for Women and Gender Equality, Member of Parliament (Peterborough–Kawartha)

“Two years ago, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund support allowed us to proceed in earnest with the pre-construction phase of our new museum. The Government of Canada’s partnership on this project of national scope and significance has, and continues to be, central to its success. Our world-class collection and stories have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past and our collective future. We are so grateful for this support.”

—John Ronson, Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Canoe Museum

Quick facts

  • The Canadian Canoe Museum is a not-for-profit heritage museum in Peterborough, Ontario that explores the canoe in its historical and cultural context. The museum currently holds more than 600 canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical spaces for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation, including creative hubs. The fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

  • Budget 2017 devoted $300 million over 10 years to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help support the development of Canadian talent and promote entrepreneurship in the arts and cultural communities. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada’s rich culture.

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