Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 25, 2009 09:41 ET

Government of Canada Increases its Investment in the Confederation Centre for the Arts and Offers Incentives for Private Donations

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, accompanied by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont), today announced an increase in the amount of funding for the Confederation Centre for the Arts for five years.

Over the next three years, the Centre will benefit from increases to its current level of funding of $1,875,000. By 2012-2013, the Centre will receive $3 million annually.

"This new funding increase will ensure that the Confederation Centre for the Arts can continue to offer high-quality programming, such as the musical Anne of Green Gables or the Young@Arts! program, that visitors have enjoyed for years," said Minister Moore.

The Centre will also be eligible, as of April 2010, for the Endowment Incentives fund, a measure through which the government encourages Canadians to donate to arts organizations by providing matching funding when a private-sector donation is made to an arts organization's endowment fund.

"The Confederation Centre for the Arts is a major economic and tourism generator for the economy of Prince Edward Island," said Minister Shea. "Our Government is proud to ensure the financial stability the Centre needs to continue to showcase the best in Canadian visual and performing arts."

"The Centre is thrilled to receive this news," said David MacKenzie, CEO of the Confederation Centre for the Arts. "The increase in operating funding and the ability to match endowment gifts will help the Centre be a 21st century celebration of Confederation that expresses Canada's heritage, diversity and creativity through the arts."

"With our recent $2-million commitment to the Confederation Centre of the Arts, I strongly encourage others to come forward with their financial support. The Centre is very much a key anchor and a large part of the vitality of downtown Charlottetown. Today's announcement of additional funding by the federal government is so critical to the future growth of the organization and its incredible contributions to the arts," said Richard Homburg, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Homburg Invest Inc.

Minister Moore also took the opportunity to announce additional funding of $500,000 for the Confederation Centre of the Arts through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, formerly known as the Cultural Spaces Canada program. This new fund, which comes from Canada's Economic Action Plan, seeks to improve physical conditions of arts and culture spaces to promote creativity and innovation in the arts. It supports the improvement, renovation, and construction of arts and heritage facilities and the acquisition of specialized equipment, as well as conducting feasibility studies.

The Confederation Centre of the Arts was founded in 1964 as Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation. Open year round, it showcases the best in Canada's visual and performing arts. It houses several theatres and an art gallery.

The Government of Canada is investing $540 million in the arts and culture sector to stimulate the economy as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. It also recently renewed funding for federal arts programs totalling $1.51 billion over the next five years.

For more information on the government's investments in arts and culture, see the news release of June 26, 2009, entitled "Government of Canada Ensures Financial Stability of Cultural Sector by Renewing Arts Investments for Next Five Years" at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

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