Miners Museum excavating growth opportunities by implementing Phase II of Interpretive Renewal Plan 

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Collage of three drawings of improvements that will be carried out during Phase II of the Cape Breton Miners Museum interpretive renewal.

Government of Canada supports creation of enhanced visitor experience honouring mining culture, contribution to Cape Breton’s history

April 28, 2022 · Glace Bay, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Atlantic Canadian tourism organizations and operators are working hard to recover from pandemic challenges and find new approaches to deliver world-class tourism experiences that tell the stories of the region, and what makes it such a special visitor destination. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting the Cape Breton Miners Museum in the expansion of an enhanced visitor experience that preserves and commemorates Cape Breton’s coal mining legacy.

Federal government supports expansion of cultural experience

Today, Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso, announced a non-repayable contribution of $800,000 through the Canada Coal Transition Initiative Infrastructure Fund (CCTI) to the Cape Breton Miners’ Foundation to implement Phase II of its Interpretive Renewal Plan. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

The Province of Nova Scotia is contributing $800,000. The Cape Breton Miners’ Foundation is also making a significant contribution of $400,000 generated through fundraising and sponsorship.

One of the primary areas of focus will be the Men of the Deeps Theatre, which will be renovated to tell the mining story through graphics, a display wall, and a dedicated stage entrance for the coal miners chorus. A permanent memorial will be created to honour those lost in Cape Breton’s coal mines. Navigational aids for visual and hearing-impaired individuals will be created, and solar panels and LED lighting will be installed to minimize the museum’s reliance on fossil fuels. This project will help the museum attract more visitors and generate revenue, while sharing the region’s mining history in an authentic, interactive way.

The CCTI – Infrastructure Fund was launched on August 20, 2020. This $150 million over five years, delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs), aims to help communities move away from coal by investing in infrastructure. The initiative is set to end on March 31, 2025. ACOA is delivering $55 million under CCTI initiatives. The Government of Canada remains committed to working with partners to make this transition easier. These investments help communities diversify economies, create jobs, and prepare for the future. 


“As communities transition away from coal towards cleaner energy, it is imperative that we find new ways to build on our economic viability. With today’s investment, we are building on Cape Breton’s thriving tourism industry by remembering its coal mining past and creating new opportunities.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“To fully appreciate what we have today, we have to honour the past. The Cape Breton Miners Museum, one of the province’s premier tourism destinations, has long excelled at telling the powerful stories of the mining industry and its formative role in shaping our region. I am proud that our government is supporting the musem to fully commemorate that legacy for generations to come. ”
Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Mnister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso  

“Cape Breton is an important tourism driver for this province, and the Cape Breton Miners Museum is a gem that shares part of Nova Scotia’s unique history with visitors and residents alike. Our government is committed to making investments that help maintain our heritage. Projects like these keep our communities strong, attract tourists and grow the economy.”
-  John White, MLA for Glace Bay-Dominion, on behalf of Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage 

“The Cape Breton Miners Museum’s Board, staff and volunteers are very excited to begin Phase II of our Interpretive Renewal Plan. Phase I created a quality visitor experience that went beyond our expectations.  We look forward to getting the team back together to build new experiences that ensure our museum remains one of the most beloved destinations in the Maritimes for many years to come.
- Mary Pat Mombourquette, Executive Director, Cape Breton Miners Museum

Quick facts

  •  The Cape Breton Miners' Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the history of coal mining and coal miners in Cape Breton. It fulfills this mission through the operation of the Cape Breton Miners Museum, which seeks to recreate to the greatest extent possible a day in the life of a miner. 

  • The museum is one of the region’s premier tourism attractions, typically drawing more than 15,900 visitors each year, 85 per cent of whom come from off Cape Breton Island.

  • This project will enable the museum to continue to build on the components undertaken in Phase 1 of the plan which was announced in 2018. 

  • The permanent memorial will project the names of those lost in Cape Breton’s coal mines up through an existing tower to be visible from outside in the night sky. There will also be a multimedia screen allowing visitors to search for descendants.

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Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Chris Brooks
Communications Director
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mikaela Etchegary
Communications and Media Relations Advisor
Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, Province of Nova Scotia
902 229-5671

Mary Pat Mombourquette
Executive Director

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