Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 01, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Four Victoria Arts and Heritage Organizations

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Residents of the Victoria region will be able to enjoy local festivals and anniversaries, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Saanich-Gulf Islands), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for four Victoria-area arts and heritage organizations.

Total funding of $25,000 will be shared by the Emily Carr Community Festival of the Arts and Ecology, the Firebells and Fanfare Parade, the Mozart Festival, and the Highland Games and Celtic Festival.

"The Government of Canada is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Verner. "We are committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage."

"Local projects like these bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Minister Lunn. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"The arts, culture and heritage are vital elements of any sustainable community," said Colwood Mayor Jody Twa, whose community is hosting the Emily Carr Community Festival of the Arts and Ecology. "Our region is grateful for the support of the Government of Canada in helping us deliver an exciting series of events which add to our celebration of British Columbia's 150 years."

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Western Region