Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 26, 2006 11:19 ET

Canadian Heritage: Minister Oda Congratulates Montreal on Being Named UNESCO City of Design

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2006) - Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, today congratulated Montreal on being named UNESCO City of Design for 2006. The award is part of the Creative Cities Network under the framework of UNESCO's Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.

"This is the first time a North American city has been honoured with this award," said Minister Oda. "It is a tribute to the vitality and innovation of Montreal's design and arts scene."

Montreal is the third city to be honoured with the designation after Buenos Aires, Argentina and Berlin, Germany. This designation secures Montreal's place in the forefront of world design.

"This honour will draw world attention to one of Canada's great cities where the respect for and the celebration of cultural diversity have led to true creativity, dynamism and competitiveness," said Minister Oda. "It shows how cooperative investment among all levels of government and the private sector can move a city to a position of world leadership in an important field."

The design industry employs more than twenty thousand people in metropolitan Montreal, and contributes some $750 million to the economy. Montreal is also the home of the secretariat of the International Design Alliance.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Status of Women
    Robert Paterson
    Director of Communications
    819 997-7788
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819 997-9314