TORONTO — As museums across Ontario continue to suffer the negative effects of the pandemic, the provincial government has decided to invest $4.9 million into a grant program for community museums. Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa Mcleod made the announcement alongside Michael Parsa, MPP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, who sponsored the bill to create Ontario Day on June 1st.
“Ontario’s culture sector continues to be impacted by the public health and safety measures necessary to keep people safe during this pandemic and this includes hundreds of museums across the province,” said Minister MacLeod. “Our government’s investment in community museums supports their continued contribution to local tourism, community well-being and lifelong learning – so that when it is safe to do so, they are ready to welcome back visitors and once again highlight how Ontario offers the world in one province.”
The grant provides operating funding to eligible community museums, which may be used to fund staff salaries and museum maintenance, or for building and preserving collections, exhibitions and educational programs. This year’s funding may also help community museums meet their financial obligations, protect jobs and renovate facilities as they manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today also marks the first annual Ontario Day. Our government recognizes the valuable contributions that Ontarians, both past and present, have made to our province and country’s social, economic, and cultural fabric,” continued Minister MacLeod. “This investment in community museums helps ensure current and future generations continue to learn about our province’s rich history and culture, because that’s what Ontario Day is all about.”
Ontario Day is an opportunity to remember, celebrate, and educate future generations about the significant roles that Ontario and Ontarians have played and continue to play in Canada.