Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 24, 2009 13:30 ET

Encouraging Private Donations: Government of Canada Matches Funds to Arts Organizations in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Sylvie Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament (Beauport-Limoilou), today announced that the Government will match donations made by individuals, companies, and community groups to three arts organizations in Quebec City.

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

"These organizations contribute to the quality of life of Quebec City's residents, while supporting many jobs, both directly and indirectly," said Ms. Boucher.

The following Quebec City organizations will receive funding:

Fondation communautaire du Grand Quebec: Manifestation Internationale d'ar de Quebec ($6,328.20)

Fondation communautaire du grand Quebec: Le choeur les Rhapsodes ($10,586.60)

Fondation de l'orchestre symphonique de Quebec: Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec ($37,008.69)

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.

For more information about this program, visit

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Contact Information

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