Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 23, 2006 12:30 ET

Canada's New Government Supports the Great Canadian Theatre Company

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 23, 2006) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, together with the Honourable John Baird, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Ottawa West-Nepean), today announced funding for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). The funding, designated for the GCTC "Making it Greater" project, will enable the Company to construct a new theatre space that will significantly enhance theatre experiences for both artists and audiences throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

"We are pleased to support the Great Canadian Theatre Company, which has become a strong voice for Canadian theatre in Ottawa," said Minister Oda. "This project underscores the commitment of Canada's new government to support arts and culture."

"This new facility for the Great Canadian Theatre Company is part of the City of Ottawa's 20/20 Arts and Heritage Plan," said Minister Baird. "The construction of this theatre space is a significant component of the cultural infrastructure planning for the Ottawa area over the next 20 years."

The new 1854-square-metre theatre complex will include two separate performance spaces. The main theatre will seat 273 people, and the smaller studio space, 90. A distinctive feature of the new facility will be a shared lobby and a cafe/bar.

The Great Canadian Theatre Company was founded in 1975 and, for the last 24 years, has been located in a transformed cinder-block garage. The GCTC commissions emerging and established playwrights, workshops new Canadian plays, presents English-language translations of French-Canadian plays, and runs a master-class series.

Financial assistance of $3 million is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Cultural Spaces Canada program. This program supports cultural infrastructure projects that increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts and also improves physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. Funding is also provided for the construction and renovation of arts and heritage facilities, for the purchase of specialized equipment, and for feasibility studies and projects to transform buildings into arts or heritage facilities.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Status of Women
    Nancy Heppner
    Director of Communications
    819 997-7788
    or
    Office of the President of the Treasury Board
    Patrick Robert
    Press Secretary
    613 957-2666
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819 994-9101