Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

January 08, 2015 10:00 ET

City of Moncton to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

Government of Canada provides support for two commemorative projects

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Jan. 8, 2015) - The City of Moncton is receiving a total of $568,900 in funding for two projects under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program (BCAH).

Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe), announced the funding today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding of $500,000 is being provided through BCAH's Legacy Fund component for the Downing Plaza Legacy Project. The Moncton125 Festival is receiving $68,900 through BCAH's Community Anniversaries component.

Quick Facts

  • Moncton became a city on April 23, 1890.
  • The Downing Plaza Legacy Project will transform Downing Street into a central meeting place that will include historical signs, benches, public art and facilities where exhibitions and shows can be held.
  • The Moncton125 Festival, planned for April 23 to 26, 2015, will include several musical performances featuring local artists, poetry readings, heritage presentations on the history of Moncton, a comedic performance, as well as a reading of a theatre piece.
  • BCAH provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in commemorative projects that help our communities mark significant events in their history. These anniversaries bring Canadians together, strengthen our communities and allow us to take pride in our shared past."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Congratulations to the City of Moncton on this important anniversary. With this investment, residents will have the opportunity to come together and celebrate this milestone, as well as have a lasting reminder of it."

-Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe)

"The Downing Plaza restoration project will honour our heritage, as well as become a catalyst for future development in the heart of our downtown. We are grateful for the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and hope that all residents take part in the festivities planned for April 2015!"

-His Worship George LeBlanc, Mayor, City of Moncton

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City of Moncton

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca