Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

September 04, 2009 13:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Supports Edmonton's Citadel Theatre

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2009) - Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, today announced almost $2.7 million in federal funding toward the renovation of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, one of the city's prominent cultural facilities. The investment builds on the previously announced commitment of $2.4 million by the Province of Alberta and $3.6 million by the City of Edmonton. The federal contribution for the renovation of the Citadel Theatre is being provided through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Renovations to Edmonton's Citadel Theatre will support the economic vitality of the city by creating jobs, attracting tourists, and stimulating the economy," said Parliamentary Secretary Hawn. "Working with the province, our Government is delivering on investments that will benefit citizens and communities across Alberta. This theatre will continue to serve the City of Edmonton by providing a leading venue for arts, culture, and entertainment."

"Season after season, the Citadel Theatre continues to be a premiere venue for top-notch theatre, music, concerts and recitals in the Capital Region," said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Alberta Culture and Community Spirit. "With the funding provided to the theatre, I am confident that it will remain a performing arts jewel for many years to come."

This project is part of a multi-phased renovation and renewal of the building. The major component is the replacement of glass exterior walls and skylights to increase energy efficiency. Other renovations will include improvements to three of the five unique theatres housed within the complex, as well as structural repairs to address safety, accessibility, functionality and production standards.

The federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure projects that will be built during this year's and next year's construction seasons. The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.

Canada and Alberta are making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in Alberta.

For more information on Building Canada, please visit: www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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BACKGROUNDER

SUPPORT FOR EDMONTON'S CITADEL THEATRE

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure projects. Funding is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

The Citadel Theatre is one of Edmonton's oldest and largest production companies. It houses five unique theatres; complete production facilities for the construction of sets, props and costumes; a theatre school; multipurpose rooms; and the Lee Pavilion - an indoor garden with a 30-foot high waterfall.

Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada is providing almost $2.7 million to support the renovation of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, with total eligible costs estimated at $7.3 million. This federal funding builds on the previously announced funding by the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton.

This project is Phase 2 of a multi-phase renovation. The major component is the replacement of glass exterior walls and skylights to increase the energy efficiency of the building. Other project components include renovations to the Zeidler Theatre and lobby; the washrooms and dressing rooms in the Shoctor Theatre; the Rice Theatre lobby; the third floor administration area; and roof repairs, to address safety, accessibility, functionality and production standards.

This investment will provide community-wide benefits, such as:

- contributing to the quality of life of local residents;

- generating direct and indirect employment opportunities; and,

- promoting cultural activities that will attract visitors to Edmonton.

In addition, this investment provides immediate economic stimulus and long-term sustainability for the city's arts and culture community.

Contact Information

  • Chris Hilton
    Office of the Minister of State for Transport
    Rob Merrifield, Ottawa
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148