Government of Canada

Government of Canada

April 27, 2009 12:45 ET

Government of Canada Supports Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced the Government of Canada's investment of $3 million to support Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

"Today is a special day for the city and Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal," said Minister Paradis. "The $3 million in funding being announced will certainly make this event's 30th anniversary one to remember. This summer music event will host visitors from around the world over 11 days of non-stop celebration - right in the heart of downtown Montreal. The impact this event has on our local economy is undeniable, and we can only expect it to improve with the funding provided under the Marquee Tourism Events Program."

The Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP) is a Government of Canada initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan designed to provide $100 million in funding over two years for marquee tourism events in support of the visitor economy. This program will help events that attract a large number of international visitors to maintain and enhance their appeal. It will also help events that are established nationally to gain an international presence.

The Program is divided into several funding streams - beginning with the Summer 2009 one-time injection of funds. A call for proposals with a deadline of May 8, 2009, has been issued for tourism events that meet the eligibility criteria for the next phase of the program. An additional call for proposals will be announced in fall 2009.

"This practical gesture on the part of the federal government is certainly welcome, as it provides essential support for Montreal and for the 30th anniversary of the Festival!" declared Alain Simard, founding President of Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. "But it is important to stress that it is also an investment that will benefit everyone, because, as has been demonstrated many times, festivals are of major importance to our tourism, to the Canadian economy and to our culture in general. I heartily welcome this very exciting initiative that will have positive benefits on us all!"

Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal sees Montreal close its downtown core to make way for its many visitors to experience the city's rich culture, fine dining and luxurious accommodations.

This funding will allow Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal to augment the number of its activities, such as by adding three outdoor musical "Mega Happenings" free of charge. It will also allow the Festival to extend its duration by two days (from 11 to 13 days) and to enhance its international marketing efforts in order to reach target markets through the development and improvement of its website and additional broadcasted events.

The recipients of this funding stream put forth proposals to the Government of Canada that met the eligibility criteria and objectives of the program. Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is just one of Canada's annual, world-class marquee tourism events that has been granted funding under the Summer 2009 MTEP funding stream. Today's other recipients of the Summer 2009 funding stream are:

- The Calgary Stampede,

- The Charlottetown Festival,

- The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival,

- Le Festival d'ete de Quebec,

- The Shaw Festival,

- The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and

- The Toronto International Film Festival.

The MTEP complements the numerous federally funded, tourism-related programs that are part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. These programs, which provide measures to support Canada's economy, stimulate the growth of tourism and contribute to the development of Canada's visitor economy over the long term, include:

- $40 million over two years to the Canadian Tourism Commission for domestic and international marketing; and

- $150 million over two years for national parks and historic sites.

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Contact Information

  • Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Catherine Godbout
    613-668-5406 (cell)