A Funding Boost for the ClearWater Farm Barn

“We are thrilled by the federal government’s commitment to helping communities come together. The Cultural Legacy Fund’s support
for the ClearWater Farm Barn is helping us create a Georgina asset that will benefit young people in particular for many many years to come.”
– Annabel Slaight, Founder and Chair, ClearWater Farm

Mr. Mendicino, also the Member of Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

Our 112-year-old barn, that holds historical significance, has rallied local community volunteers to raise money for the renovation and attracted wide spread attention over a week last summer as the Timber Framers Guild worked to raise new beams that are the bones of the structure. The original barn, which was destroyed by a fire in 2016, is being restored using some original materials on the same foundation. It will serve as a community building with a storytelling centre, a performance art space and a place for community art displays. Interpretive panels will be installed in the barnyard, providing information about the local heritage.

This funding is being provided through the Legacy Fund component of the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, administered by Canadian Heritage. The Legacy Fund provides funding to local groups for expenses related to capital projects that commemorate significant local anniversaries and engage communities in their heritage.

“The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in commemorative projects that highlight important moments in the history of our communities. Heritage projects play an essential role in preserving our history and our identity. We are delighted to contribute to the commemoration of Georgina’s 200th anniversary, and we wish Georgina and its residents the best on this unique occasion.”
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism