Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 15, 2009 13:00 ET

Stimulating the Economy Through Arts and Culture: Government of Canada Increases Support for Infrastructure Projects Across the Country

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 15, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced an investment in cultural infrastructure across the country as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

This investment will cover up to half the costs of cultural and heritage infrastructure projects, such as upgrades or maintenance to theatres, performance halls, local museums and libraries.

"Our Government is stimulating the economy through investments in targeted sectors, including arts and culture," said Minister Moore. "We are not just renewing our support for cultural and heritage infrastructure projects, we are increasing it. The projects we are funding will create jobs for local residents, as well as provide our community with better facilities where we can enjoy a show, see some artwork, or get in touch with our heritage."

In Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government provided an additional $60 million over the next two years in Cultural Spaces Canada.

In addition to supporting a larger number of projects, this funding increase will make it possible to raise the maximum level of support provided to recipients for a project. The level may now be as much as 50 percent of total eligible costs, up from 33 or 40 percent previously. Thanks to this new measure, a project could receive between 25 and 50 percent more funding for the same total eligible cost. For the next two years, priority will be given to projects that clearly help stimulate the economy by immediately creating jobs and offering long-term economic benefits.

Minister Moore took the opportunity to encourage local organizations to apply for funding and to stress the significant impact of the Cultural Spaces Canada program in the region.

"These institutions make important contributions to our cities and to our lives," added Minister Moore. "Now is the perfect time to invest in cultural infrastructure."

"This announcement is great news for construction families. Renovations, upgrades, and maintenance are exactly the types of projects that can be brought online immediately and get people back to work right away," said Gord Stewart, Vice President, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. "This investment will translate into well over 1000 direct and indirect jobs."

Cultural Spaces Canada seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays.

The new Cultural Spaces Canada program guidelines and the changes made to them can be consulted online at

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage - Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations