The city has received a grant to help the Stephen Leacock Museum through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The museum applied to Canadian Heritage’s Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations and received $38,209.
“We were very excited,” said Jacqueline Surette, the city’s manager of culture. “With COVID and having to take important steps for the safety of the public, it did result in lower attendance and revenue than we had before the pandemic.”
While the museum will remain closed to the public until at least Jan. 26 as a result of provincial restrictions, the funding will help when it comes time to reopen.
“The government recognized we were struggling with having to shut our doors,” Surette said.
The goal is to reopen in May. In the meantime, visitors can take self-guided tours of the museum grounds using the Tripvia app.
Some new staff are being brought on board at the museum, Surette noted.
“We will work with them on our 2022 plans,” she said. “Stay tuned.”