Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre Received $507,600 for Expansion


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.”


  1. Maybe every year I’ll put in a formal request for at least 5,000.00 for repairs on my vehicle from damages do to our roads and disastrous winter roads! Everyone else seems to be getting free money

    • This was through the NOHFC program which is funded through the province. The tax money generated by new visitors to the area should be a boost to the local economy. Any outside money coming into the community is a good thing.

    • Stephen Findlay I understand what you mean, and I can agree with outside money generating tax dollars to lower our taxes, but who are they kidding! If the mentality of our country is to give handouts to local businesses that can’t keep their heads above water, our so economy is in for a big treat. I think simply lowering taxes creates room for new business and makes it easier on the business owner to stay in business! Not taking more and more money from tax payers because they create more taxes just to give the taxes they collect back to people they take it from. And I’m not even going to get into the corruption of where money is given, where the money goes, and the entirety of that system.

    • Mike Premo the Bushplane Museum is a not for profit organization that relies on funding and their taxes are likely already capped because of it. If a private corporation wants to have a go at a similar venture then so be it. It would likely fail in the first year because we don’t see the huge tourism dollars up here as in years past hence the funding. Sometimes money needs to be put into things that don’t necessarily turn a profit each year; all in the name of contributing to the fabric of the community.

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