Ontario Supports Learning and Discovery at Science North

Published on August 18, 2020

Funding will help ensure safe operation of one of Northern Ontario’s great tourism and cultural institutions

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is ensuring families in Northern Ontario continue to have access to safe and fun educational experiences by providing Science North with over $7 million to support ongoing operations. This funding supports ongoing operations and administration, helping Science North to develop new exhibits and online content, perform maintenance and repairs, and deliver learning supports for students and teachers.

Since reopening on July 18, Science North has implemented stringent health protocols to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, including increased cleaning and sanitizing, mandatory face-coverings, timed-entry tickets and physical distancing with contact tracing. Visitors are encouraged to review current COVID-19 updates before visiting and are asked to respect health and safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, was joined by Guy Labine, CEO of Science North and Dr. Stephen Kosar, Chair of the Science North Board to make the announcement during her Northern Ontario tour.

"Science North is not only one of our great tourist attractions, it is a valued cultural institution - one that welcomes people of all ages to the wonderful world of science," said Minister MacLeod. "While our government continues to support economic renewal and recovery during this unprecedented time, we are ensuring Northern Ontarians have the opportunity to safely explore Science North's interactive exhibits and celebrate our heritage and ingenuity."

Science North is one of Northern Ontario's most popular tourist attractions and educational resources, operating the second-largest science centre in the province and eighth-largest in Canada. Science North's award-winning attractions also include an IMAX® theatre, planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel.

Quick Facts

  • Today’s announcement includes over $219,000 in funding for student employment opportunities through the Ontario Summer Experience Program.
  • This summer, Science North has provided 600 complimentary passes to frontline health care workers from the region to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • On May 28, 2020, Science North and its northern partners were awarded two national awards by the Canadian Association of Science Centres at its annual CASCADE Awards for “Best Exhibition or Show – Large Institution” for THINK and Northern THINK Hubs and “Best Program – Large Institution” for Northern Ontario Science Festivals.
  • Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, offers North America’s first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a joint Master’s and Diploma program.
  • Science North also oversees an award-winning International Sales unit, which develops custom and ready-made exhibits and multimedia experiences for sale to science centres, museums, and other cultural institutions all over the world.

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