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Governments Celebrate Renovated Vancouver Aquarium

June 13, 2014

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 13, 2014) - Today, in the heart of Stanley Park, federal and provincial officials joined local residents to celebrate the completion of extensive renovations to the Vancouver Aquarium. This important infrastructure project, which has added 55,000 square feet of high-tech exploratory space, is the most ambitious ever undertaken by the Aquarium during its 58-year history. It vastly improves the habitats of more than 50,000 fish and animals currently housed in the facility.

The first two phases of the project included the creation of a new main entrance that features an outdoor plaza and central gallery space, as well as new admissions and food service facilities, and a larger, newly renovated gift shop. The Aquarium's transformation also includes the revitalization of sustainable mechanical, water filtration and electrical systems, new state-of-the-art energy-conserving heating and cooling, and new recycling centres. These enhancements have been built with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards in mind.

As a flagship tourist destination, the Vancouver Aquarium hosts over a million visitors per year. These renovations will help the Aquarium maintain its place as a world leader in aquatic research, conservation and public education, employment and global tourism, while also generating $103 million annually for the local economy. Included in this project is the revitalization of Canada's Arctic exhibit, which allows visitors to see changes experienced by the animals, land and people of this important region. This next phase is set to be completed in 2017.

Quick Facts

-- The Government of Canada has committed up to $15 million through the Building Canada Fund-Major Infrastructure Component for this project. -- The Province of British Columbia has allocated $10 million for this project. -- The remaining funds are being provided by presenting sponsor Teck Resources, as well as other sponsors and donors. Fundraising will also contribute to future phases.


"Our Government is proud to support the expansion of the Vancouver Aquarium, an award-winning facility that is not only a leader in marine research, aquatic conservation, and public education, but also plays an important role in the economy of Vancouver by creating local jobs and attracting tourists from all over the globe. We have made unprecedented investments in Canada's infrastructure since 2006, and through the New Building Canada Fund, we will continue to focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."

James Moore

Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for British Columbia

"The Government of British Columbia is proud to participate in the partnership to support the Vancouver Aquarium's successful expansion project. As Canada's first official aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium has built on its unique history to become an internationally-renowned champion of marine research, conservation and education."

Coralee Oakes

Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

"The revitalized Vancouver Aquarium represents the most significant expansion in our 58-year history, creating even more opportunities for the public to engage with aquatic life. This engagement is critical to our mission as a conservation organization. Through our enhanced exploratory and water-themed touch points, our aim is to reach and inspire more visitors to engage with issues affecting our waterways, and to take action that will help save our oceans and the wildlife that depend on them."

Dr. John Nightingale

President and CEO, Vancouver Aquarium

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To read about the original announcement about the Vancouver Aquarium, visit:

Associated Links

To learn more about the federal Building Canada Fund-Major Infrastructure Component, visit:

Check out the Government of British Columbia's role in supporting local government, sport, arts and culture through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at:

To learn more about the Vancouver Aquarium, visit

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit:

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec 613-943-1838 Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Government of British Columbia (250) 953-3677 Linda Nishida Communications Advisor Vancouver Aquarium 604 659 3777 Infrastructure Canada 613-960-9251 Toll free: 1-877-250-7154 Follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng Source: Infrastructure Canada

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Source: Marketwire (Canada)

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