Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

August 24, 2010 08:00 ET

Association culturelle du Havre-Aubert Receives $100,000 in Government of Canada Funding to Renovate Its Cultural Centre

ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced a non-repayable contribution of $100,000 to the Association culturelle du Havre-Aubert (ACHA) for renovation of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine cultural centre. Necessitating an investment of $168,000, this project will create five jobs during the construction work as well as maintain five year-round positions and some 35 seasonal ones.

The funding will go toward upgrading the facilities and, more specifically, reroofing the cultural centre. This building houses an exhibition hall and a 250-seat theatre with three stages, two of them on either side of the spectators. These improvements have become necessary to ensure visitors a quality welcome and spruce up the image of the cultural tourism attraction. This project is part of ACHA's overall growth strategy, which aims to strengthen its positioning within the archipelago's tourism industry and direct its long-term development. In order to better promote its services, the organization will also be revamping its Web site.

"The Government of Canada supports projects that stimulate economic activity in the region and this initiative fits the bill perfectly. Founded in 1997, the Association culturelle du Havre-Aubert came about as a result of the community's ability to adjust and determination to take charge of its own economic development. The uniqueness of Magdalen Island culture has great appeal for tourists visiting the region. Our financial support for this project achieves two goals: it helps preserve a precious part of the archipelago's heritage while contributing to attracting more visitors," explained Minister of State Lebel.

The Association culturelle du Havre-Aubert presents and promotes the history and culture of Acadia and Îles-de-la-Madeleine to tourists. The exhibition Les Seigneurs des Îles and plays such as the full-scale historical work Mes Îles, Mon Pays and the recent creation, Le Ponchon, allow visitors to relive aspects of Îles-de-la-Madeleine history from 1000 to today. Every year, more than 7,500 cruise passengers and vacationers participate in ACHA events.

Funding for the ACHA comes from the Community Adjustment Fund, under Canada's Economic Action Plan, which aims to bring about the rapid recovery of the Canadian economy and lay the foundations for solid long-term economic growth and job creation.

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