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February 22, 2010 09:45 ET

Government of Canada Invests in New Art Gallery of Ontario Learning Centre

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2010) - The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister today announced that the Government of Canada will invest in the new Weston Family Learning Centre, to be built inside one of Toronto's top attractions, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Federal support for the new 35,000 square foot learning centre will be provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP).

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is working to ensure our communities will come out of this period of economic uncertainty stronger than ever before, and during phase two of our plan we'll continue to invest in measures that will stimulate the economy," said Minister Baird. "Our investment today for the Art Gallery of Ontario's new Weston Family Learning Centre will create jobs today and give people of all ages a unique learning centre for years to come."

"With this investment, the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of arts education to our city and province," said Robin Young, AGO Trustee and Chair of the Gallery's Education Committee. "In the Weston Family Learning Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario aims to create an innovative, one-of-a-kind resource for Canadians to share for years to come."

The Government of Canada's $7.5 million contribution will be made under the $4-billion EAP Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Art Gallery of Ontario will match the federal contribution. The Art Gallery of Ontario's contribution was made possible by a pivotal gift from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, which committed the largest single gift in support of art education in the Gallery's 109-year history.

By creating new, enhanced and custom designed spaces, the Learning Centre will permit greater flexibility and capacity to offer new programs, attract new audiences and serve more people. The centre will offer innovative art education programming to children, families, teachers, students and adults both on-site and through virtual opportunities. The facility will include state-of-the-art seminar rooms with broadcast and videoconferencing capabilities, facilities for welcoming school groups, teaching studios, a new media production studio for online programming, and a hands-on centre for families with young children. A major feature of this project will be the opportunity to reach out to students and teachers in their classrooms through online interactive technologies.

This project is one of nearly 1,850 projects across Ontario that will break ground thanks to more than $1.3 billion in federal funding under the Government of Canada's EAP Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

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  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    Art Gallery of Ontario
    Antonietta Mirabelli
    416-979-6660 ext. 454
    Infrastructure Canada