Please note that the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation and the Kingston Archaeology Centre have closed. This site is still available for historical and informational reasons, but none of the services or products described here are available anymore.

Grants 2009

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

Purpose: The Ontario Trillium Foundation supported the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation with a grant to undertake green renovations to our facility that will improve accessibility, safety and comfort for staff and volunteers and improve environmental and economic efficiencies. These renovations included installation of a furnace, air-conditioning, interior walls, painting and sealing, window treatments, an accessible lift, and a new front porch for the building.

Timeline:  December 2009 to September 2011

Status:  Complete


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The Healthy Community Fund

Purpose: The City of Kingston’s Healthy Community Fund has supported the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation with two projects: The Exhibit Upgrade Project and The Exterior Signage Project.

The Exhibit Upgrade Project

Purpose: This project expanded and improved our Archaeological Process, Pre-History, and 19th Century exhibits. The main objective of this project was to update the information presented in the three displays by adding interpretive text panels, additional visual aids, and increasing the educational experience by introducing interactive elements.

Timeline:  2009 to 2011

Status:  Complete

The Exterior Signage Project

Purpose: The Exterior Signage Project allowed the Foundation to remove signage left on the building by the previous owners and install new signage to advertise the Kingston Archaeological Centre and its services. The addition of new signage will assist the Foundation in becoming an active member of its new neighborhood, attracting new visitors, volunteers, and creating partnerships with the nearby schools, university, and colleges.

Timeline:  2009 to 2011

Status:  Complete


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The Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture

Community Museum Operating Grant

Operating Funding 2009

Purpose: This ministry provides annual operating grants to approximately 200 community museums. These museums contribute to their communities' economic well-being as employers and tourist attractions, attracting over 2,300,000 visitors per year. This support strengthens their role in their communities as custodians and interpreters of the province's irreplaceable heritage collections. Museums that receive this support are required to meet the criteria established in Regulation 877, "Grants for Museums" under the Ontario Heritage Act and this ministry's Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.

Timeline:  2009 operating year

Status:  Complete



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Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

In providing funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, Canada Summer Jobs helps to create summer work opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The Foundation employs students through the Canada Summer Jobs programs to support its educational programs and Interpretive Centre throughout the summer months. The students work at the Centre on preparing artifact reports, greeting visitors, giving tours, preparing special exhibits, running Centre events, and delivering education programs.

Positions Created:

  • Summer Education Assistant
  • Interpretive Centre Assistant


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Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

YCW in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) is a job creation program under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy that aims to provide summer work experience students can build on. While employers gain access to a pool of enthusiastic young workers, students gain the opportunity to work in the field of culture and heritage while earning money for their education.

The Foundation receives its Young Canada Works funding through the Canadian Museums Association – an organization that “works for the recognition, growth, and stability of the [museum] sector”.

We use the positions funded by the Young Canada Works in Heritage program to employ the Archaeological Instructors in our "Can You Dig It?"© Summer Field Experience Program. Our student instructors are with us from June – August and gain valuable archaeological field experience as well as experience running educational programming in a heritage setting.

Positions Created:

  • Lead Archeological Counselor
  • Archeological Counselor
  • Archeological Counselor