Supplied by Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan…
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the creation and renovation of
cultural spaces to give everyone better access to the arts and heritage.
Terry Sheehan, Parliamentary Secretary (FedNor) to the Minister of Economic
Development and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for the riding of Sault
Ste. Marie, announced $20,772 in support for upgrades to the Canadian Bushplane
Heritage Centre today. Mr. Sheehan made the announcement on behalf of the
Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The funding, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will go toward
improvements to the audiovisual and display equipment for the Centre’s Wings Over
the North Theatre and the Wildlife Theatre.
The upgrades ensure that the Centre can continue to welcome and educate visitors
about the region’s important aviation and firefighting history and heritage.
Sheehan has previously announced a $438,000 FedNor investment for the Centre for
modernization of the facility by improving exhibition space, introducing new nature and
insect exhibits, and renovating public areas to improve the visitor experience and
increase attendance.
“I am thrilled that our government is investing in improvements to Canadian Bushplane
Heritage Centre. This project will allow residents and visitors to learn more about the
important history of aviation and firefighting in our community, as well as help preserve
that heritage for future generations.”
—Terry Sheehan, Parliamentary Secretary (FedNor) to the Minister of Economic
Development and Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Sault Ste. Marie)
“Our government knows that investments in arts and culture help build vibrant
communities. We are proud to support improvements to spaces like the Canadian
Bushplane Heritage Centre, which provide access to unique educational experiences for
residents and visitors, and help preserve the heritage of local communities.”
—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“On behalf of the staff and volunteers of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, I
want to thank Canadian Heritage for their support. As a top tourist attraction and
community-gathering place in Sault Ste. Marie, we pride ourselves on providing highquality engaging experiences in our museum. This funding will go along way to
enhancing that guest experience.”
—Dan Ingram, Executive Director, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Quick Facts
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions 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. Since its creation in 2001, the fund has
supported more than 1,000 projects, including spaces for performing arts, visual arts,
media arts, museum collections, heritage displays and creative hubs.
Budget 2017 included $300 million over 10 years for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to
help support the development of Canadian talent and promote entrepreneurship in the
arts and cultural communities. These investments help create jobs, boost economic
activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada’s rich cultural heritage.
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre preserves and tells the story of Canada’s
bushplane and forest fire protection heritage, and how it has shaped life in northern and
remote parts of Canada. The centre collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets a
collection of bushplanes and related material, and promotes public understanding of
their significance by offering quality presentations, education programs and visitor
experiences in a public museum facility. It also serves as a centre of research and
information on bushplane and forest fire fighting heritage. In 2019, the Centre
celebrated its 30th anniversary.