Government of Canada supports revitalized Toronto Holocaust Museum
FedDev Ontario supports United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto as it opens Toronto Holocaust Museum
February 23, 2023 – Toronto, Ontario
Cultural institutions and museums like the Toronto Holocaust Museum play a vital role in our society, offering places to reflect on and connect with the stories and experiences of our past, while attracting visitors from across the globe. The Government of Canada understands the importance of these historical sites to our communities and is committed to ensuring Canada’s diversity of voices and experiences are heard.
Today, Ya’ara Saks, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for York Centre, along with the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced that the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Greater Toronto is receiving an investment of $500,000 to launch the revitalized Toronto Holocaust Museum, set to open in June 2023.
Formerly known as the Sarah And Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, the rebranded, state-of-the-art Toronto Holocaust Museum will be located in the Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Family Cultural Pavilion, within the Sheff Family Building on UJA’s Sherman Campus. The Museum will encourage visitors to reflect on the tragedies of the Shoah and to make connections between the Holocaust, world events and contemporary Canadian life. Originally founded by Holocaust survivors in 1985 as a place dedicated to sharing their stories with students, the revitalized museum will provide an immersive educational experience for students and visitors from across the globe. It will be a place where the stories of Holocaust survivors will be shared and it will serve as an important site of memory for descendant families, affirming the history of their parents and grandparents.
Today’s investment is supporting the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto to modernize and enhance the visitor experience to the Toronto Holocaust Museum through the development of new, interactive media and technology, including films and augmented reality tours. As a centre of excellence and innovation, the museum will generate knowledge and understanding about the Holocaust and serve as a forum for dialogue about civil society for present and future generations.
“The Toronto Holocaust Museum is an important institution for our community – a place of education and tribute to honour the stories of Holocaust survivors and victims. With support from the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, this newly designed, state-of-art museum is going to have a meaningful impact on visitors and locals for generations to come.”
– Ya’ara Saks, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for York Centre
“The Toronto Holocaust Museum will offer visitors a place to connect and reflect on our history and culture. Our government is making important investments that put people first, pay homage to history and experiences, and strengthen our communities.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“The world-class Toronto Holocaust Museum will be a destination for Canadians and people from around the globe to explore this important and difficult chapter of history. Through cutting-edge technology and a state-of-the-art facility, visitors will be inspired to reflect on the Holocaust and to make connections between the lessons of the past and the challenges of today. We are grateful for FedDev Ontario’s Tourism Relief Fund support for this important new institution, which will help ensure the Museum is at the forefront of Toronto’s cultural landscape.”
– Adam Minsky, President and CEO, United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto
Incorporated in 1967 and continued in 2016, the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto is a not-for-profit organization located in Toronto that works to teach lessons and promote the legacy of the Holocaust.
The Government of Canada’s $500-million Tourism Relief Fund is helping tourism-oriented businesses and organizations recover from the pandemic and prepare for future growth. FedDev Ontario is delivering nearly $120 million of the Tourism Relief Fund across southern Ontario.
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Find more services and information at Canada.ca/ISED.
Subscribe to FedDev Ontario's Southern Ontario Spotlight newsletter, featuring economic development news and updates from across the region.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for more information on how we are growing businesses, cultivating partnerships and building strong communities in southern Ontario.
Report a problem or mistake on this page
- Date modified: