Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

February 19, 2015 18:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports MONTREAL EN LUMIERE

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Feb. 19, 2015) - Government of Canada

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announce that MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has been granted funding from the Government of Canada.

This assistance, awarded in the form of two non-repayable contributions totalling $860,000, includes $750,000 from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions' (CED) Quebec Economic Development Program for the international promotion of the festival over the next two years and for the creation of two new attractions for 2015: a Tyrolean zip-line and Jardin de lumière. Canadian Heritage, for its part, is providing $110,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to help fund the artistic programming for the 2015 edition of the festival.

Quick facts

  • One of the largest winter festivals in the world, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE attracts more than 800,000 festival-goers to the Quebec metropolis every year.
  • This year again, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE shines the spotlight on gastronomy and the performing arts, in addition to presenting its popular Nuit blanche à Montréal. For this edition, Switzerland is the featured country, Washington, D.C., the American guest city and Lanaudière the Quebec region to discover.
  • For this 16th year, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has been selected by UNESCO as a special event for the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies.
  • MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the 10 top destinations recommended by National Geographic magazine for winter 2015.

Quotes

"By funding MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, our government is showing its commitment to fostering the growth of tourism, a profitable sector for the Quebec economy. I wish the organizers and festival-goers an excellent 16th edition of this one-of-a-kind event that vitalizes the winter season and achieves wider renown year after year."

Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"I am delighted that our government is contributing to the presentation of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, an indispensable and unifying cultural event that highlights the all-season vitality of the metropolitan region and of its artists."

Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Related links

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Quebec Economic Development Program

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    514-283-8818
    media@dec-ced.gc.ca

    Vincent Rabault
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    514-496-1282
    vincent.rabault@miga-maig.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    (toll-free): 1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca

    Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    819-997-7788