Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 22, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Investments in Arts and Culture in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Provencher), today announced funding for a number of arts organizations in Winnipeg.

"Our Government has a plan for culture," said Minister Moore. "We are putting the interests of Canadians first: matching private sector donations and supporting the next generation of our most promising artists. In doing so, we are harnessing the power of the arts to develop communities and power Canada's knowledge economy."

"Today's investment in our community clearly demonstrates our Government's commitment to the arts," said Minister Toews. "These arts organizations contribute to the quality of life here in Winnipeg, as well as to the economic growth of this country."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of almost $1.7 million to support 10 arts organizations through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. Endowment Incentives encourages Canadians to support the arts by providing donations to an arts organization's endowment fund. This year, the Government of Canada is providing 71 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector.

The Government of Canada also provided funding of $985,000 to two organizations through the Canada Arts Training Fund, which contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of artists with high potential through 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.

For more information about the organizations receiving funding, see the attached backgrounder.

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


The following 10 arts organizations will receive 2009–2010 funding through the Winnipeg Foundation, through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund:

Contemporary Dancers Inc. $ 8,522
Jazz Winnipeg Inc. $ 2,711
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra $ 4,426
Manitoba Theatre Centre $ 233,982
Plug-in Inc. $ 35,568
Royal Winnipeg Ballet $ 1,311,024
Sarasvàti Dramatic Theatre Productions and Repertory Inc. $ 12,321
Shakespeare in the Ruins $ 795
Winnipeg Centennial Folk Festival $ 55,385
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra $ 8,701
Total: $ 1,673,435

In addition, the following two organizations will receive 2010–2011 funding through the Canada Arts Training Fund:

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Schools $ 725,000
School of Contemporary Dancers $ 260,000
Total: $ 985,000

Contact Information

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