Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 20, 2010 08:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Tusket's Acadian and Francophone Community

TUSKET, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), today announced additional funding for the theatre of the École secondaire de Par-en-Bas in Tusket.

This new contribution supplements the federal funding the school has already received—under the Canada–Nova Scotia Agreement on Official Languages in Education—to build community facilities connected to the École secondaire de Par-en-Bas, including a 300-seat theatre, a child-care centre, offices, and community meeting rooms. The additional investment will allow the school to put the finishing touches on the theatre, including a lighting and video projection system, seating, and stage curtains.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support this project, which will promote the vitality of the region's Acadian and Francophone community," said Minister Moore. "Once the theatre is completed, the École secondaire de Par-en-Bas will become much more than a learning centre. It will be a venue where young Francophones can take part in new and valuable experiences and an ideal meeting place for the entire community."

"Our official-language minority communities need modern community infrastructure that meets their requirements," said Mr. Kerr. "Through this investment, we are seeking to improve the quality of life of the region's Acadian and Francophone community, while contributing to the development of the school's students."

The Government of Canada has provided the additional funding of $326,000 through the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008–2013: Acting for the Future, an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billion over five years. The Government's support for this project reaffirms its commitment to our two official languages and the vitality of minority official-language communities.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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