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September 19, 2005 13:48 ET

Government of Canada Supports Atwater Library of Mechanics' Institute of Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 19, 2005) - President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Lucienne Robillard, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women Liza Frulla, today announced $22,320 in funding for the Atwater Library of the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal. The funds will enable the organization to carry out initiates that facilitate access by the English-speaking community to English cultural activities. It will also allow for the creation of partnerships with other organizations devoted to literature and culture.

"One of the Government of Canada's priorities is to support cultural organizations that serve official-language communities in a minority situation," said Minister Robillard. "I am pleased that this funding will help the Atwater Library offer English-speaking Montrealers more cultural activities, while providing opportunities to English-speaking authors and artists."

"Our Government supports official-language cultural organizations in minority situations across Canada so that they can better serve their communities," said Minister Frulla. "I am delighted to provide assistance to the Atwater Library, a well-respected institution with an excellent reputation."

The Atwater Library of the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal has been serving Montreal West for 177 years. The organization is planning poetry evenings, readings by authors, and seminars. This funding will also enable it to develop bilingual promotional material and modify its Web site to promote English-speaking authors.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Development of Official-Language Communities Program.

Funding announced today was provided for in the February 2005 federal Budget.

This news release is available on the Internet at http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Minister responsible for Status of Women
    Jean-Francois Del Torchio
    Press Secretary
    (819) 997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage - Quebec Region
    Renee Brunet
    Director of Public Affairs and Communications
    (514) 283-7698
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Jean-Guy Beaupre
    Chief, Media Relations
    (819) 997-9314