Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 02, 2009 08:00 ET

Encouraging Private Donations: Government of Canada Matches Funds to Arts Organizations in Nova Scotia

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), today announced that the Government will match donations made by individuals, companies, and community groups to two arts organizations in Nova Scotia.

"These organizations have a loyal following here in Nova Scotia," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is matching this local support to encourage further donations and ensure that they continue to enrich our lives for many years to come."

"Symphony Nova Scotia provides quality music and education initiatives to thousands of Nova Scotians each year. Festival Antigonish is a place where artists can create new works and gain valuable experience in performing," said Minister MacKay. "These arts organizations contribute to the quality of life of Nova Scotians, while supporting many jobs, both directly and indirectly," said Minister MacKay.

Festival Antigonish will receive $165,650.17 and Symphony Nova Scotia will receive $158,515.80. These amounts are in addition to those provided by private donors to the organizations' endowment funds.

The funding has been provided through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program. This year, the Government of Canada is providing 72 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector. Since 2006, this program has provided more than $44 million to various endowment funds, while the private sector has provided $72 million, for a total of more than $116 million.

This initiative complements other measures taken by our Government to encourage private-sector participation in arts funding, such as the tax exemptions on capital gains for donations of publicly traded securities to registered charities announced in the 2006 and 2007 budgets.

The Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program aims to encourage modern management and greater financial stability in arts and heritage organizations. The Program's Endowment Incentives component provides funding to match donations from the private sector.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations