Collaboration is key to protecting the environment and combatting climate change. Joining forces is crucial, particularly when it comes to informing and educating citizens about priority environmental issues.
That is why the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson; the Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism, and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region, Benoit Charette; and the Mayor of the City of Montréal, Valérie Plante, today announced that they would be devoting $45 million over five years to ensure the continuity of the Biosphere.
By bringing the Biosphere’s operations into the fold of the Space for Life museum complex, the City of Montréal is increasing the scope of the key players in its ecological transition plan, which is a priority for the municipal government. Montréal is thereby increasing the impact of its museums, whose missions are focused on environmental protection and education within a perspective of biodiversity protection and ecological transition. Once the transition is complete, the Biosphere will become the fifth Space for Life museum and will continue to respond to the public’s concerns about environmental issues and engage citizens through its programming, activities, and exhibitions.
The three partners—the governments of Canada and Quebec and the City of Montréal—intend to each invest $15 million over the next five years. With this financial support, the City of Montréal’s Space for Life museum complex—which already includes the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden, and Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan—will become responsible for implementing the Biosphere’s mission, which is to make visitors aware of climate change, biodiversity conservation, and pollution, particularly plastic-waste pollution. This collaboration stems from the work done by the committee on the Biosphere’s future, launched in spring 2019.
For more than 25 years, the Government of Canada offered rich and updated programming at the Biosphere. Now, the governments of Canada and Quebec and the City of Montréal are combining their resources to ensure a promising future for the only environment museu