Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 01, 2009 11:30 ET

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

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), today announced that the Government will match donations made by individuals, companies, and community groups to 10 arts organizations in Winnipeg.

"These organizations have a loyal following here in Winnipeg," 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."

"These ten organizations contribute to the quality of life of Winnipeg residents, while supporting many jobs, both directly and indirectly. For example, the internationally known Royal Winnipeg Ballet attracts crowds of locals and tourists and brings the excitement of professional dance to the community. I am pleased that our Government will match the funds donated to organizations like the Royal Winnipeg Ballet," said Minister Toews.

The contributions announced total $1,372,644. This amount is 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.

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