Canadian museum gets $1 million from petroleum producers

Over the next five years, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec will get an influx of $1 million dollars, thanks to an unprecedented donation from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

The museum announced the donation on Monday, calling it the largest corporate sponsorship in the museum's history.

CAPP will be recognized as an official partner on all major exhibits until 2018, but will not have any influence on the content, Mark O’Neill, the museum’s president and CEO told the Ottawa Citizen. The museum's next exhibit is about snow.

“We are grateful to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers for their very generous and vital support,” O’Neill noted in a news release. “Canadians rightly expect their national museum of history to play a prominent role in the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. CAPP’s sponsorship is a shining example of a private and public partnership that will enable us to present a very exciting line-up of exhibitions, programs and activities at the Museum for the next five years.”

CAPP's membership represents 90% of Canada's natural gas and oil production. Direct supporters of the organization's sponsorship include BP Canada, Cenovus, ConocoPhillips, MEG Energy and others.