Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 18, 2009 13:05 ET

Investing Today for Stability Tomorrow: The Government of Canada Delivers on its Commitment to National Arts Training Program

BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced additional funding for the National Arts Training Contribution Program. Through this funding, the Government is meeting a commitment made in Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Nowhere are the results of rigorous training more obvious than in a Canadian theatre, art gallery, or local soundstage," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is investing in institutions devoted to arts teaching in order to give tomorrow's artists the tools they need to successfully perform on Canadian and international stages and contribute to our economy."

As mentioned in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government will increase funding for the National Arts Training Contribution Program, one of its programs supporting national arts schools. The Program will receive an extra $7 million per year. This is in addition to the program's existing annual allocation of $17.1 million.

"By increasing our funding for the National Arts Training Contribution Program, we are making a concrete investment in performing arts in Canada, and ultimately in Canada's reputation as an internationally recognized cultural hub," said Minister Moore. "The Banff Centre is an excellent example of the positive results that our Government's contribution to national-calibre arts training will produce. Our Government recognizes that investing in the younger generation of artists today will ensure the stability and success of Canada's artistic communities tomorrow."

"The arts define what it is to be Canadian. They make our cities vibrant and they fuel our economy," said Mary Hofstetter, President and CEO of the Banff Centre. "Through the National Arts Training Contribution Program, the Government of Canada provides essential professional development to artists and cultural leaders across this country. We salute Minister Moore for his visionary support for this program and we look forward to continuing to develop Canada's next generation of artists here at the Banff Centre."

About 80 percent of the graduates of institutions that receive funding under the Program work in their field, and one graduate in five is destined for an international career. In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, a total of 37 Canadian institutions benefited from the program. They included the Banff Centre, the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, and the National Ballet School in Toronto.

Minister Moore also took the opportunity to announce funding of nearly $125,000 to help support the Banff Centre's Playbill Series. This very popular series, presented year-round for the past 28 years, is an exciting selection of high-quality events featuring established artists and rising stars in music, dance, and theatre. This funding has been provided under the Arts Presentation Canada program. The objective of this program is to give Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

"The Banff Centre has long been one of the many significant attractions that Wild Rose riding has to offer, and our Government's support for its popular Playbill Series will help the Centre continue to draw visitors to this region," said Blake Richards, Member of Parliament (Wild Rose).

The National Arts Training Contribution Program, established by Canadian Heritage and Human Resources Development Canada in 1997, provides funding to arts teaching institutions. Remarkable leadership is developing as a result of the successes of artists emerging from the arts schools funded by the program.

For more information about Arts Presentation Canada, visit the program's website at To learn more about the National Arts Training Contribution Program, visit

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations