MONTRÉAL, February 11, 2019
Museums are places of discovery where Canadians can get in touch with their history. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the renovation of cultural spaces and places that promote the conservation and dissemination of museum collections.
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today more than $1.2 million in funding for the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). This support, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will allow the organization to preserve its collections and welcome visitors in a more secure environment.
“The Canadian Centre for Architecture has worked to demystify architecture for the general public for four decades and is an invaluable source of information for professionals in the field. Our government is pleased to support the CCA in achieving these works and helping it pursue its mission of education and outreach.”
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
“This important funding from Canadian Heritage during our 40th anniversary year will allow us to continue to modernize the CCA’s physical building in Montréal, as we work to expand our offerings online, as well as internationally. I am thankful that the support of major cultural institutions remains a top priority for the Department, as centres like ours help enrich Canada by getting society to address important subjects.”
—Mirko Zardini, Director, Canadian Centre for Architecture
The CCA is one of the largest Canadian museums dedicated to architecture. The organization, founded in 1979, has a mission to increase public awareness of the role of architecture in contemporary society and promote research in the field.
The CCA has one of the largest architectural design collections in the world. Every year it welcomes nearly 60,000 visitors in Montréal, including international researchers and students. The museum offers multiple exhibitions each year and a wide range of public and educational programs. It is also active abroad, staging exhibitions and special research programs in cities such as Lisbon, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Addis Ababa.
The organization plans to replace the building’s roofs and the fire protection system, as well as optimize storage areas. This renovation project will ensure that the building on Baile Street is brought up to standard.
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions that foster innovation in the areas of heritage, culture, creativity and the arts. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.