Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 31, 2014 14:00 ET

Local Organizations Benefit from Funding for Arts and Culture in British Columbia

Minister Shelly Glover Announces Support for Community Organizations Throughout British Columbia

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 31, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced $1,916,334 in funding for arts and culture in British Columbia's Lower Mainland and surrounding communities.

The projects receiving support today-which include theatre upgrades to enable the presentation of technically sophisticated shows, promoting the vitality of the province's French-speaking minority communities, celebrating festivals, and ensuring access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad-are diverse, support the local economy, and provide significant potential for communities throughout British Columbia.

Quick Facts

  • Arts, culture, and heritage represent close to $50 billion in the Canadian economy and over 630,000 jobs across the country.

  • In Budget 2014, the Government of Canada announced the permanent renewal of cultural programs including the Canada Book Fund, the Canada Music Fund, and arts funding delivered through Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

  • Three organizations will receive support totaling $40,600 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

  • The Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts is receiving $19,738 to improve its main stage lighting console and upgrade flooring through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

  • Three Surrey- and Burnaby-based recipients will receive support of $238,198 through the Canada Book Fund. The Fund aims to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad.

  • Five publishers will receive total funding of $1,263,798 through the Canada Periodical Fund, which provides print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals with the financial support they need to produce and distribute high-quality Canadian editorial content for Canadian readers.

  • The Société francophone de Maillardville will receive funding of $354,000 through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Quotes

"Thanks to our investment, these recipient organizations will be more able to provide rich cultural experiences to British Columbia's residents and visitors. We are re-affirming our Government's commitment to supporting arts, culture, and heritage across Canada."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Heritage House has published books by Canadian authors for 45 years. Along with its affiliates, TouchWood Editions and Rocky Mountain Books, we have introduced over 500 new titles in the past two decades. This achievement would not have been possible without the vital contribution of Canada Book Fund initiatives that support our editorial efforts, technology training, and export marketing. These initiatives will aid our Surrey-based distribution centre deliver over 400,000 books across North America this year."

-Rodger Touchie, President and Publisher, Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Canada Book Fund

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Canada Periodical Fund

Development of Official-Languages Communities Program

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Backgrounder

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Agassiz Seabird Island Band 45th Annual First Nations Festival $11,900 (2014-2015 )
Burnaby Scandinavian Community Centre Society Midsummer Fest $16,200 (2014-2015 )
Squamish Squamish Historical Society Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival $12,500 (2014-2015 )
TOTAL: $40,600
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
The Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
West Vancouver Kay Meek Centre For Performing Arts Improvements to main stage
capabilities - intelligent lighting console
and upgrade to main stage flooring
$19,738 (2014-2015 )
TOTAL: $19,738
Canada Book Fund
The principal objective of the Canada Book Fund is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. The Fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a strong Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Burnaby Simon Fraser University as represented
by The Canadian Centre For Studies in
Publishing
SFU Publishing and
Digital Media Workshops
$20,000 (2013-2014
$20,000 (2014-2015
)
)
Surrey Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. Technology internship project $20,000 (2013-2014 )
Surrey Hancock House Publishers Ltd. Support ongoing production, promotion and distribution of books by Canadian authors $67,211 (2013-2014 )
Surrey Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. Support ongoing production, promotion,
and distribution of books by Canadian
authors
$110,987 (2013-2014 )
TOTAL: $238,198
Canada Periodical Fund
The Canada Periodical Fund provides funding to Canadian print magazines, print non-daily newspapers, and digital periodicals to enable them to overcome market disadvantages and continue to provide Canadian readers with the content they choose to read.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Burnaby Canada Wide Media Limited BC Business $79,402 (2013-2014 )
Burnaby Canada Wide Media Limited TVW $1,128,358 (2013-2014 )
Burnaby Quilter's Connection Magazine Ltd. Quilter's Connection Magazine $14,540 (2013-2014 )
Richmond Alive Publishing Group Inc. Alive $15,983 (2013-2014 )
Surrey HMI - Health Media Inc. Canadian Nursing Home $10,515 (2013-2014 )
Surrey Ax3 Multimedia Inc. Ax3 Multimedia Inc. $15,000 (2013-2014 )
TOTAL: $1,263,798
Development of Official-Language Communities Program - Cooperation with the Community Sector Component
This program aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Coquitlam Société francophone de Maillardville Programming 2014-2017 $105,000 (2014-2015
$105,000 (2015-2016
$105,000 (2016-2017

)
)
)
Coquitlam Société francophone de Maillardville 26th edition of the Festival du Bois (2015) $39,000 (2014-2015 )
TOTAL: $354,000

Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Anna Gravelle
    A/Regional Communications Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    604-666-6504

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca