Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

August 18, 2011 09:38 ET

Government Investment Takes Centre Stage for La Nouvelle Scene

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2011) - The governments of Canada and Ontario announced today that they will work together to improve and further develop La Nouvelle Scène, a Francophone theatre in Ottawa.

La Nouvelle Scène was formed in 1999 by four local theatre companies who combined efforts to find a permanent home for their productions. The joint federal and provincial initiative will support the expansion and renovation of the theatre space.

"As our nation's capital, Ottawa is the second hometown of every Canadian and this investment will increase the number of cultural attractions available to both residents and visitors," said John Baird, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West - Nepean. "Canadians gave our government a strong mandate to grow the economy and create jobs, and investing in cultural infrastructure helps do that."

"The Government of Ontario is pleased to support La Nouvelle Scène in its artistic endeavours for Ottawa's Francophone community," said Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier.

"This investment to update and expand our theatre centre's square footage by a third responds to urgent needs, since twelve years after our opening in 1999, the building has definitely reached its capacity. For this reason, La Nouvelle Scène and its founding theatre companies would like to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario for their significant financial support toward the realization of this project," said Patrick Robinson, President of La Nouvelle Scène.

This project has been identified as a priority for funding consideration under the Building Canada Plan. Through Building Canada, the Government of Canada works with the Government of Ontario to fund projects like La Nouvelle Scène to support infrastructure needs in Ontario communities. The La Nouvelle Scène initiative has total eligible costs estimated at more than $5.46 million. Federal funding is conditional on the project meeting all of the relevant requirements under Building Canada.

This project also supports Building Together, Ontario's long term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province's roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and post secondary institutions, hospitals, culture and tourism facilities in communities across Ontario. Since 2003, the McGuinty government has created and supported 600,000 jobs and invested $62 billion in infrastructure. Through Building Together, the Province expects to continue significant investments in public infrastructure over the next decade, and will begin by investing more than $35 billion over the next three years.

Canada and Ontario are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that will help communities improve their infrastructure.

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Contact Information

  • Vanessa Schneider
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
    and Communities

    Thomas Chanzy
    Chief of Staff
    Office of the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

    Richard Lebel
    La Nouvelle Scene
    613-241-2727 ext. 5

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154