The construction of a facility that will co-house the Provincial Offenses Act court, as well as the county museum, has been approved in principle by Elgin County Council. Brain Masschaele, directory of communications and cultural services, says the old buildings, which has been housed in Elgin County Administration building, for about a decade, can't properly serve their needs, The new building will rectify that.
Masschaele says that funding has been allocated to the court already - about 2.2 million dollars - and will proceed,whether or not the museum gets its funding. Currently the museum has about 1.3 million dollars allocated to it, and needs about 2 million more over the next 5 years. Masschaele says that they need to come up with a plan to get more funding, because agriculture is at the core of their mandate, and the current facility doesn't allow them to tell the story as well as they need to. They hope to have the centre opened on January 1, 2017