Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 16, 2016 10:00 ET

Funding for Arts, Culture and Official Languages Throughout the Atlantic Provinces

The Government of Canada is providing more than $3.38 million in funding

HALIFAX, NOVA-SCOTIA--(Marketwired - March 16, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced support from the Government of Canada for several official-language groups in Atlantic Canada and for the Neptune Theatre Foundation. She was joined by the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, who also announced provincial funding for the Neptune Theatre.

Funding will enable these organizations to continue their important work in fostering and developing official languages in minority communities. Specialized equipment and upgrades to the Neptune Theatre will improve the quality of performances and enhance professional theatre experiences for Halifax residents and visitors.

Quick Facts

- Total funding of $2,435,895 is being provided to 26 Atlantic-based organizations. Projects have been funded under the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. See the attached backgrounder for more information.

- The official-language groups work on behalf of Acadian and Francophone communities in the four Atlantic provinces, providing services to pre-schoolers, youth, women, parents and seniors.

- The Neptune Theatre is receiving funding of $945,138 over two years through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

- The Theatre also received $100,000 in funding from the Province of Nova Scotia

- The Neptune Theatre, one of the foremost cultural institutions in Halifax, has been providing professional theatre experiences to audiences for more than 50 years.


"The Government of Canada is proud to partner with organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in communities, while also creating jobs and encouraging tourism. The investments announced today will enable the Neptune Theatre and the official-language organizations to continue their great work in promoting arts and culture and contributing to the vitality of Acadian and Francophone minority communities."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Neptune Theatre contributes significantly to the cultural life of the entire province. The Government of Nova Scotia is proud to invest in the future of this institution."

- The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia

"Neptune Theatre Foundation is extremely pleased to be working in collaboration with Canadian Heritage and the province of Nova Scotia on this important revitalization project. Their tremendous support for technical upgrades at Neptune provides the foundation for us to significantly improve our audience experience, while maintaining a vital piece of cultural infrastructure for our community."

- Rebecca Hiltz LeBlanc, President, Neptune Theatre

"We applaud the initiative of the government, which is demonstrating a willingness to contribute more to promoting the interests of Atlantic Canada's Acadian and Francophone communities. This funding will allow us to pursue our efforts related to promotion of the language, dialogue and networking to foster the development of Acadians and Francophones in the Atlantic provinces."

- René Cormier, President, Société Nationale de l'Acadie

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Development of Official-Language Communities Program

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Development of Official-Language Communities Program
This program aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Summerside, P.E.I. Jeunesse acadienne ltée 2016-17 programming $65,000 (2016-17)
Caraquet, N.B. Gala de la chanson de Caraquet inc. 2016-17 programming $50,000 (2016-17)
Moncton, N.B. Coopérative de théâtre l'Escaouette ltée 2016-17 programming $48,000 (2016-17)
Halifax, N.S. Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse 2016-17 programming $45,000 (2016-17)
Dartmouth, N.S. Fédération des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FFANE) 2016-17 programming $65,000 (2016-17)
St. John's, N.L. Le Gaboteur inc. 2016-17 programming $70,000 (2016-17)
Petit-Rocher, N.B. Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. 2016-17 and 2017-18 programming $105,000 (2016-18)
Charlottetown, P.E.I. Fédération culturelle de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard inc. 2016-17 programming $49,000 (2016-17)
Moncton, N.B. Association des radios communautaires acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. 2016-17 and 2017-18 programming $110,000 (2016-18)
Summerside, P.E.I. Actions femmes Î.-P.-É. inc. 2016-17 programming $37,000 (2016-17)
Pomquet, N.S. Société acadienne Sainte-Croix 2016-17 programming $60,000 (2016-17)
Dartmouth, N.S. Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse 2016-17 and 2017-18 programming $130,000 (2016-18)
Dieppe, N.B. Association francophone des aînés du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. 2016-17 programming $40,000 (2016-17)
Greenwood, N.S. Association francophone de la Vallée 2016-17 programming $55,000 (2016-17)
Pointe-de-l'Église, N.S. Centre provincial de ressources préscolaires 2016-17 programming $5,000 (2016-17)
Chéticamp, N.S. Association des radios communautaires en Atlantique Coordination des radios communautaires en Atlantique, phase 2 $69,000 (2016-17)
Cookville, N.S. Association du centre communautaire de la Rive-Sud 2016-17 programming $55,000 (2016-17)
Truro, N.S. Centre communautaire francophone de Truro 2016-17 and 2017-18 programming $130,000 (2016-18)
Caraquet, N.B. Mouvement acadien des communautés en santé du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. 2016-17 and 2017-18 programming $98,000 (2016-18)
Moncton, N.B. Société Nationale de l'Acadie inc. Plan de concertation, de représentation et d'efficience $47,150 (2015-16)
Labrador City, N.L. Association francophone du Labrador SUPPLÉMENT Développement artistique de la communauté $3,000 (2015-16)
Dartmouth, N.S. Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse Optimisation et développement de la gouvernance du milieu associatif acadien $27,000 (2015-16)
Grand-Pré, N.S. Société promotion Grand-Pré Développement expérientiel $19,000 (2015-16)
Petit-Rocher, N.B. Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. SUPPLEMENT
2014-15 and 2015-16 programming
$5,300 (2015-16)
Summerside, P.E.I. Société Saint-Thomas d'Aquin Un pont entre le scolaire et le communautaire $18,150 (2015-16)
St. John's, N.L. Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador 2016-17 programming $264,745 (2016-17)
Summerside, P.E.I. Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin 2016-17 programming $765,550 (2016-17)
TOTAL: $2,435,895

Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Gilles Theriault
    Regional Communications Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage