Mill of Kintail Museum Special Advisory Committee

A special advisory committee has been struck to examine the future of the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith collections in the museum at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area.

MVCA began reviewing its programs and services in order to manage new funding constraints imposed by Provincial Bill 108 (More Homes, More Choice Act), passed in June 2019. Since the museum is not expected to be considered core to the Conservation Authority’s mandate under the new regulation, MVCA initiated discussions on how to keep the heritage building open for community use.

The goal of the special advisory committee is to reach a viable and sustainable solution that satisfies the community while respecting the Authority’s role and regulation handed down by the Province. It includes members from the Ontario Museum Association, fundraising, municipal and not-for-profit sectors and MVCA staff.


On Monday, February 3, 2020 Committee Co-Chair and Mayor of Mississippi Mills Christa Lowry had a productive discussion on the future of the Museum with the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and Jeffrey Latimer from Canada’s Walk of Fame. More details to follow.

The new regulations have yet to be released by the Province of Ontario. In fact, more consultations have just been announced by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and are scheduled to take place this month. For that reason, the Mill of Kintail Museum Special Advisory Committee is limited to what it can recommend simply because not all of the required information is known at this time.

That being said, the Committee remains committed to the following:
• Deliver viable recommendations to the MVCA Board of Directors which include seeking long-term, sustainable funding opportunities
• Provide opportunity for public consultations – these will take place once the committee has more concrete information from the province to work with
• Keep the McKenzie and Naismith collections onsite at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area and the gristmill continues to pay homage to these two Canadian icons.

The Committee is working to bring their recommendations to the MVCA Policy and Priorities Committee meeting in March, which will then be presented to the MVCA Board of Directors.
It’s anticipated the new provincial regulations will be released by spring 2020 and it will be business as usual for the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith Museums when they open for the season in May.

Reports and Documents:
Mill of Kintail Strategic Plan 2019
Terms of Reference
November 14 Meeting Sum-Up
2019 Lanark County Museum Profiles
Mississippi Mills Museum Profiles
2018 MOK Museum Budget

Media Releases
December 19, 2019: Special Advisory Committee Explore Viable Options for the Future of the Mill of Kintail Museum
September 20, 2019: Special Advisory Committee to Examine Collection’s Future at Mill of Kintail Museum Domain For Sale For Sale

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