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For Immediate Release

JULY 20, 2007

Media Release

MINISTER ANNOUNCES A $400,000 INCREASE TO OPERATING GRANT

FIRST SUCH INCREASE FOR SCIENCE NORTH SINCE 1992

SUDBURY, ON – The Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, announced a $400,000 increase to Science North’s annual operating grant today on behalf of the Minister of Culture, The Honourable Caroline Di Cocco – the first such increase since 1992.

“Science North is the most significant educational and cultural attraction in our region,” said~Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci. “By making it easier to offer visitors the experiences they want and expect, this investment will help Science North maintain its position as a first rate tourist destination.”

“Today’s announcement is great news,” said Science North CEO Jim Marchbank. “This is the first time in 15 years that Science North has received an increase in its operating grant. It is a huge step forward, and we are grateful to Minister Bartolucci for helping make this happen. We are also very grateful to Minister Di Cocco and the Ministry of Culture.”

In 1992-93 Science North received a Ministry of Culture operating grant of just over $3.4-million which represented 61% of its $5.5 million operating budget that year. With today’s announced increase the 2007-08 Ministry of Culture operating grant will be just under $3.4 million which represents 23% of Science North’s $14.4 million operating budget. The operating grant was cut in the early and mid-1990’s and has been frozen for almost 10 years.

“I am very proud of the tremendous job Science North staff have done in transforming Science North’s financial self-reliance over the last 15 years. Our self-generated revenue has increased five fold and we have been able to remain a vibrant and changing science centre as a result. It is gratifying to have the Provincial government recognize Science North’s achievements in raising its own revenue by increasing the operating grant so we can better serve Northern Ontario,” said Marchbank.

The new operating funds will be invested in expanding Science North’s existing outreach and science programs. “Our school programs, outreach programs and community programs will all benefit from this increase,” said Science North Education and Northern Programs Director Laura Kuzenko. “This year we have seen a record number of participants in our summer science camps across Northern Ontario. This is the kind of programming that we will be offering more of in the future, thanks to today’s announcement.”

About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North’s six attractions – a science centre, IMAX® theatre, butterfly gallery, motion simulator, special exhibits hall and a mining and geology attraction called Dynamic Earth – recorded more than 304,000 admissions last year. For more information, visit: http://sciencenorth.ca

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Media contact:

Nancy Griffin
Marketing Specialist, Media & Communications
Science North
100 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S9
(705) 522-3701, ext. 276
griffin@sciencenorth.ca

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Media Contact:

Christine Catt
Marketing Specialist
Science North & Dynamic Earth
(705) 522-3701 ext. 227
catt@sciencenorth.ca
sciencenorth.ca

Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario and a registered charity #10796 2979 RR0001. Dynamic Earth is a Science North attraction. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.

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