Diefenbunker Cold War museum gets $977,000 boost to enhance accessibility, sustainability

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By Mark Buckshon

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum in Carp is getting an infusion of federal dollars to help enhance its environmental conditions and accessibility.

The federal government is investing $977,753 to help the 100,000-sq. ft. underground cultural facility in Ottawa’s west, which exhibits the history of Canada’s Cold War.

The funding, which is being distributed through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program, will be used to upgrade the building’s air ventilation systems, improve access and upgrade the electrical systems.

The museum says the upgrades are expected to reduce energy consumption by 31 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 3.3 tonnes annually.

“The Diefenbunker is a monumental site that attracts thousands of tourists annually with its fascinating insights into our nation’s Cold War history,” says Jenna Sudds, minister of families, children and social development.

“Today’s additional investments will help preserve and enhance the museum, while enriching visitor experiences and further promoting tourism in the Ottawa area.”

Museum executive director Christine McGuire says the upgrades will allow the public to engage with history in a more accessible way.

“These facility upgrades will allow us to create more accessible and vibrant community spaces for the public to engage with history, so that we can continue thriving as a one-of-a-kind museum and immersive history destination for visitors from across the country and around the world,” McGuire said.

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