Improving Heritage Spaces in Niagara Region

News release

JORDAN, Ontario – May 23, 2019

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the creation and renovation of cultural spaces to allow better access to the arts and heritage for everyone.

Mr. Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament (Niagara Centre) announced $1 million in support for the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre’s renovation project today. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. The Honourable Peter Harder, Senator and Government Representative in the Senate, also attended the announcement.

The funding, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will support the redevelopment and expansion of the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty.

Once completed, the museum will be able to accommodate on-site collections storage and artifact processing space, as well as diversified and expanded curatorial and exhibition activities.


“Our government knows that investments in arts and culture help build vibrant communities. We are proud to support the redevelopment and expansion of the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre, which will ensure the preservation of important collections and improve access to local heritage for both residents and visitors to the community.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“I am thrilled that our government is investing in the redevelopment of the museum and cultural centre. This project will allow residents and visitors to learn more about the important history of this community, as well as help preserve that heritage for future generations.”

—Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament (Niagara Centre)

“I have fond memories of visiting the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre as a boy and am pleased the ground has been broken on a new home to help preserve the rich history of this agricultural community for future generations. Traditions and artifacts from Indigenous Peoples, as well as one of the earliest pioneer settlements in Upper Canada, help us appreciate how the region has grown into a centre of agricultural and vinicultural innovation.”

—The Honourable Peter Harder, Senator

“Lincoln is eager to set its footprint in the cultural space. Our community has a rich history, and with the support of the Canada Cultural Space Fund to build this new space, Lincoln now has the ability to showcase its unique heritage and culture.”

—Sandra Easton, Mayor, Town of Lincoln

Quick facts

  • The expanded museum will be constructed at the site of the former Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty. The museum, a professionally operated heritage institution, maintains and interprets a collection of 10,000 artifacts related to the social and economic history of the area. It also includes four buildings: an 1815 Pennsylvania German Mennonite Log Farmhouse, an 1859 Stone School House, the Heritage House, and the Carriage House, which functions as the main administration building.

  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation, including creative hubs. The fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces. Since its creation in 2001, the fund has supported more than 1,000 projects, including spaces for performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, heritage displays, and creative hubs.

  • Budget 2017 included $300 million over 10 years for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help support the development of Canadian talent and promote entrepreneurship in the arts and cultural communities. These investments help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada’s rich cultural heritage.

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Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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