Science North bluecoat Melissa Radey takes part in a science demonstration during a major funding announcement at the science centre in Sudbury, Ont. on Wednesday April 25, 2018. The Ontario government announced $16 million in funding for Science North over two years. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network
- Province to give science centre $16 million over two years
Calling it ‘historic,’ the Ontario provincial government made a major funding announcement in Science North on Wednesday.
Minister of Energy and Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault said the province will spend $16 million on the science centre and Dynamic Earth over the next two years.
Thibeault said the province invested in Science North because of what the science centre means for Northern Ontario.
“It’s an economic driver when it comes to tourism. This is going to generate more tourism dollars for us. It’s going to create jobs. It’s going to actually really tell people the importance of science,” Thibeault said. “So, this is just a win, win, when it comes to the economy, tourism and education.”
“The funding will be instrumental for Science North to deliver on the five key strategic priorities and 15 goals” recently launched in the science centre’s 2018-23 Strategic Plan, the science centre said in a release.
The projects at Science North include a new Vale Chasm show, a major renewal of the fourth level, two new object theatre multimedia experiences, a new outdoor pavilion that will be located on the grounds of Science North in June 2019 to mark the 35th anniversary of the science centre, and a new IMAX 3D film produced by Science North in partnership with Jane Goodall.
There will also be capital upgrades at Dynamic Earth and Science North.
The Go Deeper project at Dynamic Earth will create new drifts in the underground mine that will showcase modern mining and innovation. A new underground theatre and multipurpose space will also be created.
The funding will allow “Science North to expand its reach across the North through increased delivery and impact of science experiences across northwestern Ontario,” Science North said. “The expansion of the Thunder Bay office will benefit 200,000 people living in Northern Ontario and thousands of people who come to the region as tourists.”
Guy Labine, Science North CEO, said the funding was a game changer for the science centre.
“I think it’s going to transform who we are and the impact we have in the North. It’s a historical transformation investment. The largest in our history.”
The funding will allow Science North and Dynamic Earth to move ahead with key projects.
Labine called the funding announcement “amazing. It’s going to allow us to really supercharge our strategic plan and deliver. And, most importantly, drive benefits to our audiences, visitors, teachers, students, to the Northern Ontario tourism industry, and it will have a huge impact on all of Northern Ontario.”