Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 12, 2010 13:30 ET

Levis Designated a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2011

LEVIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament (Lévis–Bellechasse), and Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament (Lotbinière–Chutes-de-la-Chaudière), along with Danielle Roy Marinelli, Mayor of Lévis, today announced that Lévis has been designated a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2011. The other two cities to receive this title are Vancouver, British Columbia, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

"Lévis is committed to offering its residents and visitors a varied program of cultural activities," said Minister Moore. "The Government of Canada is proud to confer on Lévis the prestigious title of Cultural Capital of Canada, and we invite all Canadians to discover this warm and welcoming part of the country."

"In 2011, the focus will be on culture," said Mr. Blaney. "Thanks to the creative arts and culture program that Lévis offers its residents, the city will become a model for several communities looking for ways to celebrate our culture."

"By investing in special activities that celebrate arts and culture, our Government is helping stimulate the regional economy and tourism," said Mr. Gourde. "Bravo to Lévis for this well-deserved national honour!"

The Cultural Capital of Canada designation is awarded for merit, on the basis of a candidate community's achievements that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to arts and culture. Funding is provided to support special projects that celebrate arts and culture, and amounts vary according to the size of the municipality. Lévis is eligible for funding of up to $1 million.

The City of Lévis will use the funding to launch a range of projects and activities, including celebrations to commemorate the city's 375th anniversary, a heritage arts festival (Festirail), a historic mural project (Lévis, Historic City), and several performing arts festivals.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations