Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 10, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Arts, Culture, and Heritage in the Greater Montreal Area

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding totalling more than $4.7 million for more than 40 arts, culture, and heritage projects in the Greater Montréal area.

"The support announced today reflects our Government's commitment to culture," said Minister Moore. "The Greater Montréal area is bursting with talent and is renowned for its cultural vitality. Thanks to this major investment, our Government will help boost the visibility of the city's rich artistic, cultural and heritage profile, both within the region and farther afield."

The Government of Canada has provided funding totalling $3.2 million to the National Theatre School, the National Circus School, and the Orchestre de la Francophonie, three national institutions that offer training of the highest calibre. Through Canada's Economic Action Plan—which allocated an additional $20 million over two years for training in the arts sector—the budget of the Canada Arts Training Fund rose in 2009 from $17.1 million to $24.1 million per year, an increase of 41 percent.

In addition to the funding for the training institutions, the Government of Canada will contribute $1.5 million to a wide range of projects and organizations in the Greater Montréal area, including Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History; the Musée d'art contemporain; the Blue Metropolis Foundation; Mutek; Elektra 2011 and 2012; and the Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival. This major investment will improve access to professional artistic activities, increase opportunities for communities to celebrate local arts and heritage, and enhance museums' capability to display our national treasures.

For more information about the organizations receiving funding, see the backgrounder available at the following address:

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations