Harper Government supports Science World British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia
25 November 2011

The Harper Government is improving cultural infrastructure in communities across the country in order to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and build stronger communities.

Through the Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal Government provided $10.5 million toward upgrades to Science World British Columbia through the Infrastructure Stimulus fund, a key part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The Province of British Columbia also contributed $10.5 million, while Science World British Columbia provided $14 million.

Based in Vancouver, this unique learning facility is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the province. Science World British Columbia also reaches out to families, educators and youth across the province to promote science and technology and share knowledge.

Over the past two years, this project has revitalized the Science World British Columbia building. Originally erected for the EXPO 86 World’s Fair in 1986, the building was not designed for permanent operations. Major renovations to the building, its foundation, and structural elements were completed in order to ensure locals and visitors alike can continue to enjoy the facility for years to come. As a result of this work, Science World will now be able to sustain a growing number of visitors, and provide more exhibits.

The $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund – which was available for projects beginning during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons – provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects.

Thanks to Canada’s Economic Action Plan and Canada’s strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader amongst G-7 countries throughout the recovery with nearly 600,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.