$99,000 from federal government for retrofit of Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives elevators

REGION of Peel families from Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will benefit from improved community spaces for better accessibility to arts and heritage that will result from the funding of $99,000 from the Government of Canada for a much needed retrofit to two of Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives’ main elevators.

The funding was announced by MP Sonia Sidhu, MP for Brampton South, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

This investment is being allocated under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, FedDev Ontario is delivering funding of up to $88.8 million across southern Ontario.

“This investment is a community-building project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. And there’s no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That’s how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces,” said Bains.

“I am proud that our Government is investing in important community infrastructure projects in Brampton. These investments will mean that Bramptonians can get more enjoyment out of community facilities across the city of Brampton. As we celebrate Canada 150, we look toward the next 150 years and the future of our communities,” said Sidhu.

“Residents of the Region of Peel will benefit from improved accessibility to the arts and our heritage that will result from the funding of $99,000 from the Government of Canada. PAMA has really grown over the years as a place where the community congregates for significant festivals, events and learning and today’s announcement ensures we allow everyone the same opportunity to enjoy our rich history and vibrant future,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey.

“PAMA (Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives) is pleased to receive federal support to make these outstanding arts and heritage spaces more accessible to all. PAMA’s Historic Court House and Historic Jail opened in 1867, and celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2017. This year our Canada 150 celebrations included a range of exhibits, events, workshops and programs, collaboratively developed with community partners, which celebrate our community’s history and diversity. Inclusivity is our central theme, characterizing Canada today. The elevator project ensures accessibility to all PAMA spaces,” said Marty Brent, PAMA Manager

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, and to converse, question and tell stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages: students, families, adults and seniors. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.