Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 20, 2009 13:05 ET

Implementation of the Cultural Development Fund: The Government of Canada Contributes to the Cultural and Artistic Development and Visibility of Official-Language Minority Communities

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced implementation of the new Cultural Development Fund, which aims to contribute to the cultural and artistic development and visibility of Francophone and Anglophone minority communities. By doing this, the government is meeting a commitment made last June with the launch of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future.

"Our Government strongly believes that Francophone and Anglophone minority communities contribute to the cultural and artistic enrichment of Canada," said Minister Moore. "The Cultural Development Fund supports and strengthens cultural and artistic action by the communities, while fostering their cultural expression."

Starting April 1, 2009, the Fund will help promote the contribution of the arts, culture, and heritage to the sustainable development of Francophone and Anglophone minority communities. It will foster identity building and a sense of belonging within the communities. It will also help all of Canadian society have access to the communities' rich cultural, artistic, and heritage expression. The Cultural Development Fund will have funding of $14 million over four years, or $3.5 million a year.

The Fund joins other cultural programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage and its agencies that have supported the development of professionals in arts and culture for a number of years. It adds to the funding allocated for cooperation agreements or the Intergovernmental Cooperation on Minority-Language Services sub-component.

The Cultural Development Fund was announced as part of the Roadmap, an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billion over five years. Implementation of the Fund reaffirms the commitment of the Government of Canada to linguistic duality and the vitality of Francophone and Anglophone minority communities.

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


BACKGROUNDER

Last June, the Government of Canada released its Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality. With a budget of $1.1 billion over five years, the Roadmap targets arts and culture by adding to the funding already allocated to support the cultural dynamism of official-language minority communities.

The creation of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), announced today, is intended to support and strengthen cultural and artistic action by official-language minority communities. The Government of Canada has provided $14 million in funding for this purpose to support projects of a cultural, artistic or heritage nature. With $3.5 million a year from 2009-10 to 2012-13, the new funding will contribute to the cultural and artistic development and visibility of Canada's Francophone and Anglophone minority communities.

Implementation of the CDF was the subject of many consultations and collaborative efforts with the cultural and artistic stakeholders involved, other departmental programs supporting culture, and representatives of the provincial and territorial governments. This approach has helped to define the major directions of this new support program for the arts, culture, and heritage sector for the benefit official-language minority communities.

Institutions, non-profit organizations, and provincial and territorial governments can submit funding applications. Decisions on funding will be made according to priorities established in consultation with official-language minority communities.

Canadian Heritage is already investing in cultural action and cooperation within community environments. Through this new fund, the Department hopes to, among other things, support practical, innovative projects resulting from cooperation between institutions, non-profit organizations, and provincial and territorial governments to meet local priorities.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    stephanie.rea@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155