Federal government investing $10 million in Peterborough’s new Canadian Canoe Museum

Funding will support construction of the new facility beside the Peterborough Lift Lock

The Government of Canada is investing $10 million to support the construction of the new Canadian Canoe Museum will be built on a Parks Canada site adjacent to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway. (Rendering: heneghan peng / Kearns Mancini Architects)
The Government of Canada is investing $10 million to support the construction of the new Canadian Canoe Museum will be built on a Parks Canada site adjacent to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway. (Rendering: heneghan peng / Kearns Mancini Architects)

The federal government is investing $10 million in the construction of a new facility for The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez made the announcement on Monday (April 1) at the museum’s current location on 910 Monaghan Road in Peterborough.

“Our government knows that investments in arts and culture help build vibrant communities and support local economies,” Rodriguez said.

On April 1, 2019, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez announced $10 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support the construction of the new facility for The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)
On April 1, 2019, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez announced $10 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support the construction of the new facility for The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)

The new museum facility 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 federal government is providing support to the museum through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, a $300-million fund to support the improvement of physical spaces for arts, heritage, culture, and creative innovation.

In February 2017, the museum received $1.4 million from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to fund architectural and engineering plans for the new facility.

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez tries his hand at paddle carving at The Canadian Canoe Museum on Monaghan Road in Peterborough on April 1, 2019, as Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef (left) looks on. The Government of Canada announced a $10 million investment from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the contruction of a new museum facility. (Photo courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez tries his hand at paddle carving at The Canadian Canoe Museum on Monaghan Road in Peterborough on April 1, 2019, as Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef (left) looks on. The Government of Canada announced a $10 million investment from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the contruction of a new museum facility. (Photo courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)

“The Government of Canada’s partnership on this project of national scope and significance has, and continues to be, central to its success,” said the museum’s board chair John Ronson. “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.”

Construction of the new museum is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs in the area, according to a media release.

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