Did you know that Science North is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity? Many are surprised to learn that Science North generates only a small portion of its operating revenue from admissions and government sources!
Community support in the form of memberships, donations, sponsorships, and partnerships keep admission fees as affordable as possible, ensuring that science is accessible to ALL!
Science North and Government Support. It’s Not What you Think!
Understanding Admission Fees
Admission and membership fees contribute roughly 14.4% to our operating budget.
If admission fees had to cover 100% of our operating costs, admission for an individual adult would cost over $170.
Science North is a not for profit charitable organization (registration #107962979RR0001), and an arms-length agency of the Government of Ontario.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport provides Science North with a base-operating grant, which represents 40% of our annual operating budget. We must self-generate the other 60%.
Science North’s Economic Impact
During peak season, Science North employs over 250 full and part-time staff in Northern Ontario, as well as various contractors secured to maintain the building.
It is estimated that the impact Science North has on Northern Ontario exceeds $20M annually.
In addition, Science North generates economic activity for many accommodations, restaurants, gas stations and retail stores. Using the Province of Ontario's Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM), these visitors spend an estimated $19 million in the Greater Sudbury community.
Allocating your Contribution
There are many ways to choose where your contribution is allocated. Make one-time or monthly donations to one of our various funds supporting everything from patients of the Northeast Cancer Centre seeking solace, to sending a child in need to a Science North camp. Or, become a member, choose to adopt an animal, or make a planned gift!