London, Ontario Tourism and Community Projects Receive $3.7 Million in Funding – London |

The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.7 million in 10 tourism and community infrastructure projects in the London, Ontario region.

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Helena Jaczek, the minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) made the announcement at the Children’s Museum in London on Tuesday afternoon.

“With this support … organizations (such as) the London Children’s Museum will be able to create and revitalize vital community spaces and enhance tourist attractions to attract visitors and build stronger, more vibrant communities,” he said.

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These projects include upgrading central London and high streets, neighborhood parks, museums and community facilities, as well as supporting the expansion of music festivals and public art installations.

“These investments will also be vital to increasing accessibility so that even more Canadians can enjoy these wonderful community centers,” said Jaczek.

Kate Ledgley, director of visitor experiences at the London Children’s Museum, says the museum is grateful to receive funding for its new site.

“We really believe that a return to the arts and culture (is going to) give us back a sense of connection and rebuild our collective well-being,” she said.

From left to right: Children’s Museum London Vice-Chairwoman Emily Schinbein, Children’s Museum Director of Visitor Experiences Kate Ledgley, Minister Helena Jaczek, Lt. Col. Joe Murray, The North Central London MP, Peter Fragiskatos. (Andrew Graham/980CFPL).

Andrew Graham/980 CFPL

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The museum will receive $500,000 to adapt the top floor of the historic Kellogg’s cereal factory in Old East Village into its new museum. The project costs $19 million.

Construction will begin in September 2022 and the new location is expected to open in 2024.

“This new museum, located at 100 Kellogg Lane, will allow children to explore science, art, technology, nature, history and culture,” Jaczek said during the announcement.

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An investment of $190,000 was also announced for the 1st Hussars Cavalry Fund to restore and preserve the Holy Roller, a World War II-era Canadian Army Sherman tank.

Other projects funded include upgrading snow equipment on Boler Mountain and revitalizing King Street Parkette downtown.

-With Andrew Graham files from 980 CFPL

A full list of projects that will receive funding.

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