Toronto library’s popular free Museum and Arts Pass program loses funding

At the end of 2018, Sun Life Financial will cut off funding for the program, which provides access to otherwise expensive museums and attractions.

The Toronto Public Library's Museum and Arts Pass offers free admission to museums and attractions like the ROM. The library program's sponsor, Sun Life Financial, says it'll pull funding after 2018. (RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

Sun Life Financial has pulled funding for a popular Toronto Public Library program that offers free passes for museums and attractions like the ROM, Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre, leaving its future uncertain.

The 10-year-old (MAP) Museum and Arts Pass initiative gives people with library cards access to passes for up to two adults and five kids that can be borrowed at any of the library branches.

Sun Life provided about $200,000 a year but decided to cancel that money because the program didn’t align with its re-evaluated priorities, said Paul Joliat, assistant vice-president of philanthropy and sponsorships.