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City of Ottawa

City of Ottawa
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

August 26, 2014 11:00 ET

La Nouvelle Scene Sets the Stage for Construction

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2014) - Ottawa residents and visitors will soon enjoy access to a modern new venue for experiencing Francophone theatre. Construction has now started on La Nouvelle Scène; a state-of-the-art theatre in the heart of the nation's capital.

La Nouvelle Scène was formed in 1999 by four local theatre companies who will soon call the facility home. The new centre will not only allow local artists to perform in a modern environment, it will also serve as a gathering place for Francophones and Francophiles of the National Capital Region.

Quick Facts

  • La Nouvelle Scène is receiving a joint Canada-Ontario investment of up to $5,460,800.
  • Municipal funding for the project is approximately $1,454 million.
  • This is one of 44 initiatives in Ontario receiving funding through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund for which the Government of Canada is providing $175 million.
  • Ontario is contributing $173 million to these initiatives.


"The construction of La Nouvelle Scène is starting, meaning that residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy Ottawa's growing Francophone arts and culture scene at a new central venue. The Government is happy to support this important infrastructure project, which is already creating local jobs and will continue to showcase local talents."

Royal Galipeau

Member for Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans

"La Nouvelle Scène is more than a theatre; it is a meeting place and a place of creation that strengthens and helps define the identity of our Francophone community. I am pleased that our government is working closely with our partners to build a strong cultural sector - already one of the most dynamic sectors in Ontario."

Madeleine Meilleur

Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier

"In February 2012, Ottawa City Council approved the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture. The redevelopment and expansion of La Nouvelle Scène was identified as one of the priorities for 2013. This project is also an important component of the City's efforts to revitalize King Edward Avenue."

Jim Watson

Mayor of the City of Ottawa

"La Nouvelle Scène exemplifies the Francophone arts and entrepreneurial spirit that shaped the identity of Ottawa's Francophone communities. Today, the organization is proud to have completed this new step thanks, not only to the support of key government partners, but also to the unwavering support of the artists, their audience, and the community."

Albert Gabbay

President of La Nouvelle Scène Board of Directors

Associated Links

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For more information on the City of Ottawa Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture, visit:

Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec

    Christy Arnold
    Communications Branch
    Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

    City of Ottawa
    Media contact

    Genevieve LeBlanc
    La Nouvelle Scene
    613-241-2727 ext. 6

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154
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