December, 2021

Outstanding results in 2021

The Pumping Station… raising children’s awareness of ecological issues. Photo credit: © R. Beaulieu / Pointe-à-Callière

Press release


Montréal, December 29, 2021 – The Pointe-à-Callière Foundation is bringing 2021 to a close, having achieved outstanding results: the Foundation raised more than $1 M in donations over the course of the year, even though its two major fundraising events—The Montréal Builders Club and The Major Donors Evening—were postponed to next year.

The 2021-2022 annual fundraising campaign—supporting the Youville Pumping Station’s transformation into a key venue that will serve to raise young people’s ecological awareness—was a resounding success from the moment it was launched last summer. Over $250,000 has been raised to date, with the campaign continuing in 2022.

Donations to the major fundraising campaign, Building on the Past—some of which are spread over several years—, enhanced the Foundation’s accounts by close to $300,000 in 2021. Other amounts raised by the Foundation came from the proceeds of a big virtual auction, the sale of meal boxes, sponsorships, and donations in kind. For the first time this year, La Relève, the young philanthropists group, helped the Foundation raise over $29,000 through its benefit event The Dangerous Show at Le Monastère and with Montréal en couleurs!, an art sale featuring unique serigraph prints by young Montréal artists.

“The Foundation supports the progress of Museum projects by acting as a lever for the development of the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex. The Foundation’s administrators support Pointe-à-Callière’s management and foster its evolution, in addition to advancing major projects such as the restoration of historical sites, the creation of new educational programs, and the revamping of permanent exhibitions and multimedia shows. The Foundation is happy to have helped make Pointe-à-Callière a must-see historical site and a world-class tourist destination,” explained Pierre Turcotte, the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board.

For the Museum’s Executive Director, Anne Élisabeth Thibault, the Foundation also has an instrumental role to play in supporting the preservation and showcasing of an archaeological site located just a few steps from the Museum: that of Saint Anne’s Market (1832-1843), which went on to serve as the Parliament of the United Province of Canada (1844-1849). This project is the third and final phase of the Museum’s Building on the Past expansion plan. “Pointe-à-Callière’s archaeological digs carried out at the site between 2010 and 2017 unearthed over 350,000 artefacts that were saved from the flames. The Museum intends to shed some light on this pivotal time in our history, which played a key role in advancing democracy in Canada,” she added.

Much like the Museum, the Foundation is also preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of Pointe-à-Callière in 2022. Starting in February, several special activities will be held for Museum Members, donors, and partners.

The Pointe-à-Callière Foundation thanks its major donors and sponsors: Hydro-Québec, National Bank, the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, Québecor, iA Financial Group, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Cogeco, Énergir, the Hewitt Foundation, and Power Corporation. For 2021, the Foundation also extends its special thanks to the Caisse du Complexe Desjardins, Air Canada, the SAQ, Domtar, NATIONAL, Atypic, Les 7 Doigts, Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, and to Nicole Maury, Paul-André Linteau, Jim Hewitt, Pascal Lépine, Madeleine Féquière, and Karel Mayrand. The Foundation also thanks all the donors who contributed to its fundraising activities in 2021.

About the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation

Created in 1993, the Foundation works to support the development of Montréal’s Archaeology and History Museum. Since its very beginnings, it has contributed to all of Pointe-à-Callière’s large-scale projects, including the preservation of the archaeological remains of Montréal’s birthplace, the renewal of multimedia shows, the presentation of major international exhibitions, the creation of the archaeological field school, the restoration of the Youville Pumping Station, the acquisition and refurbishment of the Mariners’ House – National Bank Building, and the showcasing of Montréal’s first collector sewer and the Fort Ville-Marie – Québecor Building.

About Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex

Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal, is the city’s largest history museum. Rising above a concentrated number of historic and archaeological sites of national importance, the museum is tasked with a mission to raise awareness and foster an appreciation of Montréal’s history, and to forge bonds with citizen and partner networks on a regional, national, and international level.



Claude-Sylvie Lemery
Director, Pointe-à-Callière Fondation
Cell: 514 433-3405
[email protected]