Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

November 22, 2010 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Arts Training in Nunavut

RANKIN INLET, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament (Nunavut), Regional Minister for the North, and Minister of Health, today announced funding for the Kangirqliniq Centre for Arts and Learning.

The funding will help local artists perfect their skills in the traditional arts.

"Investing in our emerging artists has always been a priority for our Government," said Minister Moore. "That is why we recently increased our support to schools that give our artists the high-calibre training they need to succeed."

"Rankin Inlet is known for its beautiful artwork, particularly ceramics," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Our Government is proud to contribute to the economic development of this part of the country by investing in the arts sector."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $50,000 through the Canada Arts Training Fund. This fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage supports non-profit organizations that offer training to Canadians aspiring to a national or international professional career in the arts.

Thanks to Canada's Economic Action Plan, which provided additional funding of $20 million over two years for arts training, the total 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.

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Contact Information

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