News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Partners Break Ground on Expansion of Edmonton’s Living History Museum

Edmonton, Alberta, October 12, 2018—Investing in cultural and historical infrastructure plays an important role in developing dynamic communities, promoting tourism and preserving Canada’s heritage, including the history and experiences of the Métis and First Nations.

 

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Dr. Bob Turner, MLA for Edmonton–Whitemud, on behalf of the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism, and His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton gathered in Fort Edmonton Park to break ground on the site’s highly anticipated expansion project.

The expansion will create new spaces and attractions that showcase the history of First Nations and the Métis, along with new learning facilities, a treaty lodge, a new Ferris wheel, maze and new game booths for the 1920s Midway, an upgraded admission area and an expansion of the Hotel Selkirk.

Once complete, the project will allow residents and visitors to immerse themselves in engaging new educational experiences and enjoy modern facilities that enhance their overall experience.

Quotes
 

“The Government of Canada is pleased to see work progressing on the expansion of Canada’s largest living history museum in Edmonton. With these improvements and new attractions, the site will be able to attract even more visitors to celebrate the region’s diverse heritage and history. Our government is proud to be investing in projects that preserve culture while contributing to economic growth and community development.”

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

 

“Sharing the rich history of this province and its people, Fort Edmonton is one of Alberta’s must-see visitor attractions. Expansion of the park will help us to better tell the vital stories of the First Nations and Métis communities, help create jobs and immerse visitors in Alberta’s vibrant living history.”

 

The Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism

“The City is proud to be partnering with the Federal and Provincial governments on this valuable expansion. It’s vital that our region’s history is presented with accuracy and authenticity, and these new areas and the improvements to the existing ones will provide great learning opportunities, educational programs and the chance for visitors to interact with a more honest picture of our past.”

 

His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

“Fort Edmonton Foundation is proud to be a funding partner in this expansion project and is so pleased to celebrate the hard work and dedication of so many passionate volunteers, leaders and partners over the past decade who made these top four priorities from the 2010 Masterplan become reality.  We are confident that the families of our region and the business community will continue to step up to support this $11 million Capital Campaign to complete this project just as it has done so over the past 50 years.”

 

Michael Paull, President, Fort Edmonton Foundation

“We’re excited to work with our partners on this important project. The enhancements to the park, along with our new strategic direction, will make Fort Edmonton Park the premier cultural tourism attraction in Western Canada. This project along with a focus on relevant experiences, accessibility and financial sustainability will lead the way in making Fort Edmonton Park a favourite destination for many years to come.”

 

Darren Dalgleish, President & CEO, Fort Edmonton Management Company

 

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

  • $25.3 billion of this funding will support social (including cultural) infrastructure in Canadian communities.

  • The Government of Canada is contributing up to $47,794,500 to the expansion of Fort Edmonton Park. Of this amount, $500,000 was invested under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and supported the renovation of the Fort Edmonton Park midway and fairgrounds. The remainder of the project funds falls under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Fund—National and Regional Projects.

  • The Government of Alberta is providing $33.5 million for the project elements outlined above, as well as an expansion of the Hotel Selkirk.

  • The City of Edmonton will be providing $72,559,000 toward the expansion.

  • The Fort Edmonton Foundation has committed to raising $10,000,000 for the project.


Associated Links

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:

http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

 

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map:

http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Federal infrastructure investments in Alberta: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ab-eng.html


Contacts

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

613-697-3778

ann-clara.vaillancourt@canada.ca

 

Marion Nader

Press Secretary

Culture and Tourism

780-289-5944

marion.nader@gov.ab.ca

 

Cheryl Oxford

Media Relations Manager

Office of Mayor Don Iveson

780-496-8104

cheryl.oxford@edmonton.ca

 

Janet Tryhuba

Executive Director

Fort Edmonton Foundation

780-496-6978

jryhuba@fortedmontonfoundation.org

 

Rosa LaClare

Marketing Communications Manager

Fort Edmonton Park

(780) 944-5762

rosa.laclare@edmonton.ca

 

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Infrastructure Canada

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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Government of Canada Supports Expansion of
Edmonton’s Historical Living Museum

March 3, 2017 Edmonton, Alberta | Infrastructure Canada - Historical exhibitions embody the story of Canada, preserving the experiences of its people and places and inspiring visitors to explore and understand the world around them. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for cultural projects—play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure; His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of the City of Edmonton; Lyndon Decore, Chair of the Fort Edmonton Foundation; Bill Demchuk, Executive Director of the Fort Edmonton Management Company; Chief Billy Morin, Chief of Enoch Cree Nation; and Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta, gathered on Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Métis to announce federal funding that will expand the historical living museum, Fort Edmonton Park.

The project will focus on three key sections of the park. An expansion of the Indigenous Peoples Experience, encompassing a new facility to showcase the First Nations and Métis Nation cultural heritage, along with camps, trails, classrooms, and an outdoor amphitheater. The 1920’s Johnny J. Jones Midway will add several new attractions including a roller coaster, a maze and a revue theatre. Finally, a new front admission area will allow for improved visitor services and shopping opportunities. Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017 with completion by 2020.

Quotes
 

“Cultural institutions like this incredible living museum bring people together, sparking curiosity, encouraging tourism and connecting community members. This funding will support Fort Edmonton Park in celebrating this city—and Canada’s—diverse heritage and creativity, including the experiences of local First Nations and Métis people. Investments like these will build the Canada of the 21st century and promote economic development that will help the middle class grow and prosper.”
 

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi,
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

 

“Edmonton and northern Alberta have an incredible and fascinating history. The expansion of Fort Edmonton Park will showcase this history for Alberta families and visitors from other parts of the world. The Alberta government is proud to support this project which will honour our past and entertain and educate generations to come.”
 

The Honourable Brian Mason,
Minister of Infrastructure

 

“We appreciate the Government of Canada’s funding commitment which will allow us to move a project forward that honours Edmonton’s past, present and future including our journey in reconciliation. The results of this funding will help us create jobs while also enhancing visitors’ cultural experiences and tourism development in our province.”
 

His Worship Don Iveson,
Mayor of the City of Edmonton

 

“Preserving our history serves all citizens; understanding where we came from – hardships endured, challenges met, victories celebrated and even defeats suffered – is important because these are the stories that bind us as a community. With the generous support of the federal government as well as the Province, and the City, we are thrilled to be able to enrich the visitor experience at Fort Edmonton Park and continue to celebrate our shared past.”
 

Bill Demchuk,
Executive Director of the Fort Edmonton Management Company

 

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will contribute up to $47,794,500 for the expansion of Fort Edmonton Park: $500,000 previously announced under the Canada 150 Fund and the remainder under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Fund – National and Regional Projects.

  • The Government of Alberta has provided $33.5 million through its 2016 Capital Plan for the project elements outlined above, as well as an expansion of the Hotel Selkirk.

  • The City of Edmonton will be providing $72,559,000 toward the expansion.

  • The Fort Edmonton Foundation has committed to raising $10,000,000 for the project, which has a total estimated cost of $165,353,500.

  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.


Associated links

Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2016/docs/themes/infrastructure-en.html

Federal infrastructure investments in Alberta: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ab-eng.html

Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP): 
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html

Fort Edmonton Park: https://www.fortedmontonpark.ca/

Government of Alberta Fort Edmonton Park funding announcement: 
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=4308591120AFC-02C3-E9C1-018219342F31028C


Contacts

Aileen Machell
Press Secretary
Alberta Minister of Infrastructure
780-292-0154
Aileen.machell@gov.ab.ca
 

Cheryl Oxford
Media Relations Manager
Office of Mayor Don Iveson
780-496-8104
cheryl.oxford@edmonton.ca
 

Janet Tryhuba
Executive Director
Fort Edmonton Foundation
780-496-6978
jryhuba@fortedmontonfoundation.org
 

Bill Demchuk 
Executive Director
Fort Edmonton Management Company
780-496-8773
bill.demchuk@edmonton.ca
 

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
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News Release
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Edmonton Park receives $33.5 million in provincial funding 

Friday April 15, 2016 - The Fort Edmonton Management Company (FEMCo) is immensely pleased to be informed of the Provincial Government’s decision to support our proposal for the development of Fort Edmonton Park. It is with sincere gratitude that the company extends thanks to Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Bob Turner, MLA for Edmonton Whitemud, and the Government of Alberta for recognizing the value of these plans towards the preservation of our heritage, the expansion of our tourism market and the overall economic impact on the local economy.

The funding will be directed towards four key initiatives identified in the Updated Master Plan approved by City Council in 2010: the expansion of the Johnny J Jones Midway, an expansion of the Hotel Selkirk, a new Guest Services and Admissions area and - the anchor of the plan - the building of the Indigenous Peoples’ Experience. 

In 2015, Fort Edmonton Park signed Memorandums of Understanding with both the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the Métis Nation of Alberta and is committed to the inclusion of these parties and the respective peoples they represent, in the programming and capital development process when it impacts their historical and cultural narratives. 

The entire project has a price tag of approximately $160 million of which the City of Edmonton has committed $70 million towards the necessary utilities upgrade work. Discussions are underway with the Federal Government, Department of Canadian Heritage as well as with potential private and corporate contributors to complete the funding required to realize the project. 

The next steps to be taken will be the completion of detailed design work. Construction is slated to start in late 2017. While exact numbers are not yet available, it is anticipated the project will create many new jobs both during the construction phase and ongoing. 

The Fort Edmonton Management Company would also like to thank Mayor Don Iveson and City Council for their ongoing support and commitment to the Park, as well as our partners, the Fort Edmonton Foundation, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the Métis Nation of Alberta. 

Media contact:
Bill Demchuk
Executive Director, Fort Edmonton Management Company
Fort Edmonton Park
P: (780) 496-8773
E: bill.demchuk@edmonton.ca