A think-tank founded by the Aga Khan with $30M from taxpayers has finally moved into a prime heritage building in Ottawa 10 years after the federal government gave it a 99-year lease.
The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) pays the federal government $1 a year to use the building at 330 Sussex Dr., formerly the Canadian War Museum. The agreement also allows the GCP to lease out office space in the building at commercial rates.
Remarks by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage at the opening of the Global Centre for Pluralism
The vision of the Global Centre for Pluralism is a world in which human differences are valued and diverse societies thrive.
Canada has the highest percentage of first generation immigrants in the OECD. 20% of all the population is a first generation immigrant. This is Canada’s vision for a country and for our world.
This is why our Government stands behind the Centre and it’s so may worthy initiatives.
And we appreciate His Highness’s many other contributions to Canada, which include the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which I had the chance to visit some months ago. Not to mention the important international development cooperation with the Aga Khan Development Network to improve lives of disadvantaged communities in Asia and Africa.
Canada is recognized worldwide for its successful approach to diversity.
Our country is living proof that diversity and inclusion work together. That they alone will ensure peace and prosperity for all of us.
Canada’s strength is found in many facets. In our respect for rights and freedoms; in our welcoming, open society; and in our diverse, multicultural character.
And there is no better time to reflect and build on these strengths than this year—the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
We are seizing this moment to focus on Canada’s ethnic, linguistic, cultural and regional diversity and to find ways to deepen our relationships across the country and within our many communities.
I have said it many times, our social contract is rooted in three pillars: our two official languages, the importance of pluralism which includes multiculturalism and the protection of minority rights, and of course the important reconciliation with Indigenous peoples on this land.
As Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I congratulate the Global Centre of Pluralism on the official opening of its new headquarters.
I am grateful for the wonderful work of renovation that was done to this historical building that is an integral part of the built heritage of the National Capital Region. Revitalization of this historically significant waterfront area is a priority identified in the National Capital Commission’s new 50 year plan for our region.”
Read the complete speech at Global Centre for Pluralism | Remarks by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage