Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

May 22, 2009 11:30 ET

Canada and Ontario Support New St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre

Investment will create jobs, stimulate local economy

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - Mr. Rick Dykstra, the Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, and Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines, are pleased to announce that the City of St. Catharines will soon break ground on a new Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall, thanks to a joint investment by the governments of Canada and Ontario.

This project will have a significant economic impact for the Niagara region and surrounding area. It will help create jobs, attract skilled workers and generate more visitors to the town.

"Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, our Government is investing in a complex that will create jobs, revitalize downtown St. Catharines and promote Niagara's diverse arts community," said Mr. Dykstra. "A new Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall in our region is a welcomed venue that will place St. Catharines squarely on the cultural landscape. This is a concrete example of how we are supporting the arts and creating opportunity for students and adults alike."

"Under the leadership of Premier Dalton McGuinty, our government believes that investing in cultural infrastructure is a great way to create jobs, build stronger communities and forge the creative workforce of tomorrow," said Mr. Bradley. "The Niagara Centre for the Arts and the Recital Hall will be a significant cultural attraction in the Niagara region and the government of Ontario is pleased to be investing with the city and the government of Canada in this exciting project."

"The new Centre for the Arts project will provide the necessary catalyst for a full-scale transformation of Downtown St. Catharines, which has been identified as an Urban Growth Centre," said St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan. "Building on the support of the Federal and Provincial governments, Downtown St. Catharines will be able to position itself as a diverse location for cultural pursuits and new business investment."

The Niagara Centre for the Arts will be a venue capable of hosting big-ticket theatre and concerts with a capacity of 800 to 900 patrons. The Recital Hall will be a 300-seat venue that will primarily be used for community and public musical performances.

The Government of Canada has set aside a maximum contribution of $18 million, or up to one-half of total eligible project costs of the Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall project. The Government of Ontario will provide $18 million towards eligible project costs. The City of St. Catharines will also contribute financially to the Centre.

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 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. These investments build on the Ontario government's five-year, $30 billion ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan which will be completed in 2008-09, a year ahead of schedule.

LEARN MORE

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

Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in Ontario infrastructure. (http://www.buildingcanada-chantierscanada.gc.ca/regions/on/on-eng.html)

Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize infrastructure across the province. (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/)


BACKGROUNDER

IMPROVING CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND CREATING JOBS IN THE NIAGARA REGION

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

This project will see the construction of both the Niagara Centre for the Arts and the Recital Hall in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Through this federal-provincial collaboration, the City of St. Catharines will build in its downtown core a new Centre for the Arts capable of hosting big-ticket theatre and concerts with a capacity of 800-900 patrons, and a new Recital Hall which will be a 300-seat venue that will primarily be used for community and public musical performances.

The project will provide benefits for residents and visitors to the region. The construction of a new Niagara Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall is at the heart of the city's plan for the revitalization of its downtown core.

The Government of Canada has identified the Niagara Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall project as a priority for funding. As such, the federal government will set aside up to $18 million or one-half of total eligible costs. The Government of Ontario will also provide $18 towards the project. The City of St. Catharines will also contribute financially to the Centre. The total estimated cost of the Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall is $58.5 million.

In the summer of 2008, the Province of Ontario signed-on to the Government of Canada's Building Canada Plan Framework Agreement. Under this agreement, Ontario receives $3.09 billion from the Government of Canada. Ontario's matching contribution of $3.09 billion results in a $6 billion investment towards revitalizing the province's infrastructure.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of Rick Dykstra, M.P.
    St. Catharines
    Karen Moncur
    905-934-6767
    or
    Office of Jim Bradley
    MPP for St. Catharines
    Matt Robinson
    416-327-9236
    or
    Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Honourable George Smitherman
    Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure
    Amy Tang
    416-327-6747