OTTAWA (May 13, 2020) –
“In mid-April we committed to collecting shovel ready projects at Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums, yesterday we submitted over 30 projects to the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities”, said CAZA executive director Jim Facette.
The projects range from smaller floor replacement and roof repairs to larger projects such a campsite waterpark at Safari Niagara to a new entrance at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Mr. Facette added, “this list of shovel ready projects was delayed or cancelled due to COVID-19, federal investment in the list of projects supplied will enhance the quality of connecting people, animals and conservation.”
During this pandemic Canada’s accredited zoos and aquariums have maintained a high level of animal care as they take the necessary steps to survive very real economic challenges. Despite early signs of selected openings, losses will be sustained, and the list of shovel ready projects will create both indirect and direct jobs.
Each year CAZA accredited zoos and aquariums welcome 12 million visitors into their ecosystems bringing people and animal worlds together.
CAZA is the voice of zoos and aquariums in Canada. We are the leading organization in Canadian animal welfare standards development, our accreditation process includes expert standards set by leading researchers, biologists, and academia who ensure we reflect the latest in animal welfare research, organizational management, and public safety protocols. Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s accreditation bridges the ethical concerns with conservation and the public interest.
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