National Gallery to eliminate 29 positions

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The National Gallery of Canada announced Thursday it is eliminating 29 positions, the latest player in Ottawa’s tourism industry to cut back due to a money shortage.

Ottawa's National Gallery of Canada.

The gallery, a major landmark attracting visitors to the city, said in a news release the cutbacks were “in response to a need to address a long range budget shortfall.”

The eliminated positions will be offset by the creation of seven new ones designed to help with revenue generation and “visitor experience,” the news release said.

Gallery officials promised visitors they wouldn’t notice a difference when they visit, with the work left behind made up in part by using new technologies.

“These changes will allow the Gallery to continue our tradition of excellence and engaging Canadians in a rewarding experience with art,” said gallery director and CEO Marc Mayer in the release.

Organizations around the capital that depend in part on public money to operate are feeling the pinch as the federal government reins in spending so it can get rid of a budget deficit in the coming years.

The National Capital Commission, a Crown corporation, announced earlier this month it would be eliminating 29 positions. It is responsible for several features that drive visitors to the region, including the annual festival Winterlude and festivities on Canada Day.


Positions eliminated

10 in publishing, new media and distribution

8 in administration, finance and human resources

6 in library and archives

4 in exhibitions and installations

1 in the corporate secretariat

Organizations: National Gallery, National Capital Commission

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