Government of Canada announces emergency support for Vancouver Aquarium

Government of Canada announces emergency support for Vancouver Aquarium

Funding to Ocean Wise Conservation Association will help ensure the survival of this important tourist attraction and over 70,000 marine animals

June 26, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on organizations of all sizes, forcing the closure of important businesses and tourist attractions across Canada. These closures have hurt revenues and forced many to issue layoffs and make difficult choices. That’s why the Government of Canada has taken strong action to protect jobs, stabilize our economy and provide relief through this difficult period.

As it reopens to visitors, Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, today announced emergency federal support for the Vancouver Aquarium.

Federal support for iconic BC tourist attraction affected by COVID-19

Totaling $2 million, this federal funding will support essential services at the aquarium, assisting it through the recovery period. This will help it to reopen to visitors, cover operational costs and ensure the survival of its marine animals.

Operated by the Ocean Wise Conservation Association, the Vancouver Aquarium has been an iconic BC attraction for over 60 years, thrilling residents of the Lower Mainland and tourists from around the world. Yet COVID-19 has resulted in its closure over the past few months, hurting revenues, imperiling jobs and threatening the aquarium’s ability to provide for the thousands of animals in its care.

The Government of Canada is committed to providing the support and resources needed to ensure that British Columbia remains a world-leading tourist destination.

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