Promoting Canadian History

The Participants in the Charlottetown Conference in 1864

New measures to promote Canadian history

On October 16, 2012, the Government of Canada announced its intention to introduce legislation creating the Canadian Museum of History, the first in a series of measures on the road to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. Read the speaking notes pronounced on the occasion of the announcement of the Canadian Museum of History.

On June 11th 2013, new measures were announced to help promote Canadian history. These include creating the Canada History Fund, the Government of Canada History Awards and the Canada History Week.

Five existing programs at Canadian Heritage will improve access to funding for local and national groups that want to promote Canadian history, including the Exchanges Canada Program, the Canada Periodical Fund, the Canada Book Fund, the Museums Assistance Program and the Virtual Museum of Canada.

Canadian Museum of History

On December 12, 2013, the legislation to create the Canadian Museum of History passed the Senate and received Royal Assent. Bill C-7 proposed amendments to the Museums Act in order to establish the Canadian Museum of History. The Museums Act establishes national museums and defines their names, mandates, powers, and governance.

The purpose of the Canadian Museum of History is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.

The Canadian Museum of History will highlight the national achievements and accomplishments that have shaped our country, including the “Last Spike” from the construction of the Canada Pacific Railway, Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s hockey jersey and items from Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.

Through existing resources and new partnerships with museums across Canada, the Canadian Museum of History will renovate over 50,000 square feet of public space. This renovation, to be completed before Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, will provide the public with the opportunity to appreciate how Canada’s identity has been shaped over the course of our history.