Since 1999, the Foundation has contributed over $8 million to various projects for the development of Space for Life.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

Certified LEED® NC 1.0 Platinum, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is one of Montréal’s most stunning achievements in decades. By combining science, art and emotion, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium embodies Space for Life’s desire to think outside the box when developing new ways of getting people in touch with nature.

Thanks to a $5 million contribution from Rio Tinto Alcan, Space for Life Foundation was able to provide the seed money required to develop this new signature building that reaffirms Montréal’s status as a deserving member of the UN’s Creative Cities Network. The Foundation helped leverage an additional $42 million from the governments of Québec and Canada to see the project to its end.

Main Achievements

  • An agroforestry showcase in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, in collaboration with the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale
  • Various activities at the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion
  • The Insectarium’s entomological information service
  • The Botanical Garden’s electric shuttle
  • The Magic of Lanterns
  • The Great Pumpkin Ball Exhibition
  • The Great Gardening Weekend
  • Youth summer camps at the Biodôme and Botanical Garden
  • Redesigned habitats at the Biodôme
  • Showcasing of the prestigious George LeBolt Bonsai collection
  • The Planetarium on the Road project, which dazzled 10,000 pre and elementary school children throughout Québec
  • The creation of the Kéroul Path, a 2.55 kilometer designed for disabled individuals visiting the Botanical Garden
  • The creation of 40 temporary jobs for the new generation interested in natural sciences, in collaboration with the Fonds Jeunesse Québec and the Muséums nature de Montréal
  • The creation of a research scholarship program for Master’s and PhD students
  • Funding of a school awareness program to discover the First-Nations Garden
  • The redesign of the otter habitat at the Biodôme.
  • Funding of the Biodôme exhibition 10 years after Rio
  • Creation of the teachers in action category of La Palme verte, a competition for Québec teachers who encourage their students to make positive changes to the environment.
  • Partial funding of Ars Natura, an interactive multimedia show produced by a group of artists (SAT) and presented in the rotunda of the Square Victoria metro station.
  • Funding to various community organizations for the participation of children in day camps.
  • Support for events, exhibitions, and educational activities organized by the Montreal Chinese Garden Society.
  • Creation of the Donors’ Square, located at the main entrance to the Botanical Garden
  • Funding of Green Solutions to Urban Challenges, an educational program to encourage young students to become creative researchers in natural sciences