Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

May 13, 2009 15:30 ET

Canada and Ontario Invest in Queen's University Performing Arts Centre

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 13, 2009) - John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, and the Honourable George Smitherman, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Energy, today announced that Queen's University will soon break ground on a new performing arts centre thanks to a joint investment by the Governments of Canada and Ontario.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Government of Canada is investing in cultural infrastructure initiatives that develop and promote Canada's rich multicultural heritage," said Minister Baird. "A new Performing Arts Centre at Queen's University is a welcomed venue to showcase artistic and cultural activities in Kingston and the region. This is a fine example of how we are supporting infrastructure that's good for the university and good for the community."

"Investing in cultural infrastructure is a great way to create jobs, build stronger communities and forge the creative workforce of tomorrow," said John Gerretsen, Ontario's Minister of the Environment and MPP for Kingston and the Islands. "Queen's University is one of the economic anchors of Kingston and the government of Ontario, under the leadership of Premier Dalton McGuinty, is pleased to be investing with our university and my city in this exciting project."

"I believe this performing arts centre will be an important and iconic addition to the already vibrant cultural centre that is Kingston," said Principal Tom Williams. "We are proud to be able to provide an environment where artists of the Kingston and Queen's communities and beyond can develop and showcase their creative talents. Without these significant investments from the Governments of Canada and Ontario, the City of Kingston, and from Queen's benefactors Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts would not be possible."

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are each setting aside one-half of eligible costs of the project, up to a maximum contribution of $15 million. Generous benefactors of Queen's University, Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, have given $18 million to the Centre. The City of Kingston has also confirmed a funding contribution of $6 million. The total estimated cost of the performing arts centre is $63 million.

The new Centre will be unique to the region and will help meet the cultural needs of Queen's University, the City of Kingston and south-eastern Ontario. The Centre will provide an acoustically superior, medium-sized concert hall, as well as a studio theatre, an art gallery and a film screening room for local and visiting arts enthusiasts to enjoy for years to come.

Demonstrating their commitment to stimulating the economy and creating jobs, both the governments of Canada and Ontario are moving forward with a number of large scale infrastructure programs to assist Ontarians when they need it most.

The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.

Through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure for the province of Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion contribution from the federal government, that will support more than 300,000 jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy.


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Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of Ontarians.

The construction of the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Centre at Queen's University in Kingston is a priority federal and provincial investment.

The Centre will provide the following benefits for residents, students and visitors to the region:

- A 560-seat concert/recital hall;

- A 150-seat studio theatre;

- A climate controlled art gallery housed in the lobby, which will be accessible to the public; and

- A film screening room.

Together, the governments of Canada and Ontario are setting aside up to $30 million for this project. Each government is setting aside up to $15 million, or up to one half of eligible costs, whichever is less, towards the project. Other key partners include generous Queen's benefactors Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, who have donated $18 million, and the City of Kingston, with a contribution of up to $6 million. The total estimated cost for the Centre will be approximately $63 million and additional fundraising will be undertaken by the University.

Federal and provincial financial support for this project is conditional on the project meeting all applicable eligibility and approval requirements under the Government of Canada's infrastructure plan and on the signing of a contribution agreement.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Baird
    Chris Day
    Office of the Honourable George Smitherman
    Amy Tang
    Queen's University Communication
    Nancy Dorrance