Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage that the Government of Canada will provide $111,994 in funding to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. Funding is provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The funding will be used for the Museum's restoration project that includes the renovation of an original British Commonwealth Air Training Plan hangar constructed in 1940 and the Motor Transport Building. The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is Canada's only air museum solely dedicated to the preservation of those who trained and fought for the British Commonwealth during the Second World War.
Larry Maguire said, "The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum provides visitors with an opportunity to honour Canada's airmen and airwomen who died in training and operations during the Second World War. Today's investment will allow them to continue to tell this important story."
Restorations to the CATPM's Main Hangar Building will include:
- Excavating and replacing east and west foundations including floors;
- Repairing or replacing the windows, roof and shingles; and,
- Finishing of woodwork and interior and exterior painting.
Additionally, renovations will be made to the Motor Transport Building that will include the installation of a metal roof.
"On behalf of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum I would like to thank Larry Maguire and the Government of Canada for their support in helping us preserve an important piece of Canadian history. It allows us to tell the story of why the war was fought, how it was won and at what cost so that the next generation can appreciate the meaning of freedom," said Stephen Hayter, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum.
The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage said, "The First and Second World Wars were defining moments in Canada's history, and we must remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country. Our Government is proud to support the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum's restoration project, which will improve its facilities and allow them to better preserve and exhibit its valuable Second World War artifacts."