Local MP Ross Romano, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, announced an investment of $507,600 on Friday morning to help the Bushplane Centre develop new exhibit space and expand its operations, and create three more jobs for the city of Sault Ste. Marie.
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre commemorates Canada’s bushplane and fire protection heritage. Through this investment, the centre will create new exhibits to increase visitation, membership and revenues. The centre will also build new infrastructure to allow it to book larger events such as workshops, conferences and weddings.
Brian Bubinas has been Curator at the Bushplane for five weeks. He said he’s excited about what has happened thusfar, as well as what this funding will bring to the Museum and his job as curator.
“We’re going to be bringing in an area that is going to be committed to travelling exhibits, which for me is very exciting because that’ll be part of my job – to find exhibits that are going to be a good fit for the community and to draw people in and give people the opportunity to visit us more often,” he told SaultOnline.
“Ontario recognizes that tourism is a significant economic driver in many northern communities,” said PA Romano.
“The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is an important tourism attraction in Sault Ste. Marie. We are pleased to invest in its efforts to attract more visitors to the region and boost revenues. We are sending a strong signal to the world that Sault Ste. Marie and Northern Ontario are open for business,” he continued.
“We thank the province for investing in the expansion of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre,” said Dan Ingram, executive director.
“This investment will help us create new exhibit content and marketing materials to increase visitations as well as generate revenues from the rental of our improved indoor and outdoor spaces.”