Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 25, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Arts and Culture in the Okanagan

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - Thanks to an innovative program of the Government of Canada, the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society and the Okanagan Symphony Society are seeing their fundraising efforts leveraged. This was announced today by Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna–Lake Country), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"With Canada's economic recovery still fragile, our Government is focused on creating jobs and economic growth throughout British Columbia," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud of this special initiative that encourages private donors to support arts organizations by providing matching funds to their endowments."

"These organizations are making an extraordinary contribution to the region by promoting arts and culture," said Mr. Cannan. "Our Government is proud to help them achieve financial stability by matching private sector donations and encouraging further donations."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,822 to the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society and $8,487 to the Okanagan Symphony Society. The Central Okanagan Foundation will manage and invest the total funding of $16,309 for the two organizations. Funding is provided through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, which encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts organizations.

This year, the Government of Canada is providing 71 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector. Since 2006, this program has provided $78 million to various endowment funds in Canada, while the private sector has provided $120 million, for a total of $198 million.

(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