SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — The Government of Canada is providing $250,000 in funding for the City of Summerside, P.E.I. to renovate the Armoury, a recognized Canadian historic place.
Through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the support will help fund the installation of a drainage system for the foundation, new heating and cooling systems, a climate control system as well as improvements to physical access to the site including an exterior ramp, an elevator and accessible washrooms, indicates a release issued June 18.
It will also be used to purchase specialized equipment, including lighting for exhibits, display cases, smart touch screens, speaker systems and sound domes.
Once work has been completed, the Armoury – which will also house a museum, creative spaces, exhibits and spaces to learn about arts and culture – will become an interpretation centre with a mission of developing authentic cultural products to engage local residents and visitors as well as encourage inclusion.
The funding will also help the City of Summerside maintain its cultural activities and save jobs while providing the community with a gathering space, the release adds.
“Our government takes pride in its longstanding support for the culture and heritage sector,” said Steven Guilbeault, minister of Canadian Heritage, in a statement. “Now more than ever, we recognize that culture, heritage and art, in Summerside and right across the country, help build dynamic communities, enhance our national identity and create economic growth.”