Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

June 12, 2009 09:01 ET

Canada-Quebec Agreement for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

A major investment in culture

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services of Canada, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Quebec Minister of Culture, Communications and Status of Women, Ms. Christine St-Pierre, are proud to announce the signing of a Building Canada contribution agreement for $26 million in joint funding for a Montreal Museum of Fine Arts expansion project.

"Promoting the development of our cultural institutions is important for our government. Today, I am proud to announce that the Governments of Canada and Quebec have signed a contribution agreement to facilitate the expansion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. By investing in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts project, the Government of Canada is creating jobs and helping to stimulate our cultural institutions," stated Minister Paradis.

"This expansion project will not only benefit the entire community, but it will also considerably raise the city's profile in terms of culture and tourism. This project truly demonstrates the importance that we place on developing our cultural organizations; the Quebec government is proud to support this major Montreal museum," added Minister St-Pierre.

The contribution agreement confirms the commitments of the Governments of Canada and Quebec to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts project. Under this agreement, the Government of Canada will contribute up to $13 million to the project under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. The Government of Quebec will also provide $13 million and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will provide the remaining $8.7 million. The total cost of the project will be $34.7 million. Furthermore, thanks to the support of the private sector, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has created a fund of $14 million, to cover the additional annual operating costs of the new pavilion.

The expansion work will include the following: construction of a five-storey building behind the main building and an underground passage linking this new pavilion to the Hornstein, Stewart and Desmarais pavilions; restoration of the Erskine and American church nave, which will become a 450-seat concert hall, thus incorporating a musical component into the museum; installation of sophisticated new electro-mechanical and electro-acoustic systems that will make it possible to maintain standardized conservation conditions and ensure state-of-the-art acoustics; integration of new technologies and new educational tools for the new theatre design, to promote public understanding and appreciation of Quebec and Canadian art.

This federal investment is in addition to the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which will accelerate and expand the existing $33 billion federal investments in infrastructure. This plan anticipates close to $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years, from which Quebec will benefit.

The Quebec assistance from the Ministry of Culture, Communications and Status of Women is allotted in accordance with the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which was made public in November 2007. The cultural component of this plan will allocate $1.2 billion in investments before 2013. .It is estimated that close to 200 jobs will be created during the museum's construction and development phases.

For more information on investments in infrastructure, please visit: www.creatingjobs.gc.ca..

For more information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For more information about the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, please visit: www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Minister of Culture, Communications
    and Status of Women
    Valerie Rodrigue
    Press Secretary
    418-380-2310
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148