Printed August 25, 2022 at 10:49 am
A museum housing the biggest assortment of Canadian-made autos on this planet is as soon as once more turning to the Metropolis of Oshawa for monetary assist to remain in operation.
The Canadian Automotive Museum, which has been within the metropolis for 60 years, needs the Metropolis to re-instate an annual working grant, property tax reduction that’s normal throughout the province for not-for-profit museums and to indicate “help” for the museum’s long-term capital tasks.
In a letter to Oshawa Council, museum President Denis Bigioni additionally needs employees to evaluation all Metropolis funding streams for different cultural establishments – resembling Parkwood Property, the Oshawa Museum and the Robert McLaughlin Artwork Gallery – to extra “equally allocate” funds.
The museum used to get pleasure from sizeable annual contributions from the Metropolis, peaking at $25,000 per 12 months within the Nineties. However in 1996 Oshawa made modifications to its grant program and no monetary contributions in any respect had been awarded to the personal museum between 1998 and 2014.
Museums in Ontario obtain a mean of 23 per cent of their working income from their host municipalities. The auto museum is asking an annual grant of $50,000, which represents 18.5 per cent of their 2019 working income of $271,000.
With just one council assembly scheduled earlier than the October 24 municipal election, the museum’s funding request will seemingly not see the council ground throughout this time period of council, a directive councillors made clear in Could once they denied the museum’s grant request.
That request for funding got here on account of a public marketing campaign that noticed greater than 100 letters and a petition with 400-plus names to have the Metropolis contribute additional cash to the museum past the $5,000 tax break it now enjoys.
Council declared in Could the movement for funding may very well be introduced ahead throughout the brand new time period of council, to be included in 2023 funds deliberations.
Bigioni, nevertheless, mentioned the museum is bored with ready for funding solely to be “repeatedly denied” by council as a result of a brand new funding method has “at all times been on the horizon.”
As properly, Bigioni added, a Metropolis report declared that employees has been unable find a “coverage directive’ to clarify the standards for which museum will get funding and which don’t, “which recommend the coverage is rudderless and administered in an advert hoc method.”
Bigioni mentioned the museum is planning to spend $75,000 for security and safety and to make enhancements to the entrance entrance and desires the Metropolis to pony up half of that quantity.
“This is able to be a significant first step to permit the museum to proceed to increase and develop in downtown Oshawa.”
Alexander Gates, the manager director and curator of the museum, mentioned in a letter to museum supporters the Metropolis has a “golden alternative” to put money into the expansion and growth of the Canadian Automotive Museum, “one of many area’s top-rated cultural points of interest and a cornerstone of Oshawa’s downtown.”
“Working collectively we will increase our constructing and safe our skill to serve audiences for generations to return.”
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